We have written a little about Yankees pitcher Vidal Nuno in the blog since he was the out-of-nowhere standout from spring training. But now that he is going to make his first major league start today against the Indians, the franchise that cut him, let's go a little deeper as we present "Nuno for Dummies."
New York Yankees
Name: He is the only major leaguer ever with the first name of Vidal.
Height and weight: 5-foot-11, 195 pounds
History: He grew up in San Diego. In 2009, the Cleveland Indians made him a 48th-round draft pick out of Baker University in Baldwin City, Kansas. By 2011, he was released and spent a month-and-a-half in the Frontier League. The Yankees signed him and he pitched very well in Double-A and Triple-A in 2012. He was tremendous this past spring and stayed in major league camp until nearly the end.
His debut: At the end of April, he made his major league debut and pitched three scoreless innings of relief against the Houston Astros. He kept the strike-three ball from his first strikeout and said he would either keep it near his bed or give it to his father. Nuno has not pitched since then.
Pitches: He has five pitches -- two types of fastballs (two- and four-seamer), a curve, a slider, a changeup and a cutter.
Scout's Take: Though Nuno has impressed with the Yankees, a scout said he is likely a major league long man because there is a question about whether he can get through lineups more than once. Bear in mind, however, scouts have been wrong before.
Binder Take: Manager Joe Girardi said that due to Nuno's limited workload, he will throw only about 75 pitches today.