Clemente Nunez

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Biographical Information[edit]

Clemente Nunez is a former pitching prospect who was the first player ever signed by the Florida Marlins. He was signed at the age of 16 out of the Dominican Republic on December 16, 1991.

Sporting an 88 mile-per-hour fastball when he was first signed, Nunez debuted with the GCL Marlins, going 5-5 with a 2.78 ERA. At age 18, Clemente had a 4-3, 3.98 line with the Elmira Pioneers. In 1994, he made it to high A ball and had a good 6-5, 3.10 record for the Brevard County Manatees. 1995 would be his best year - he was 12-6 with a 2.48 ERA for Brevard County and walked only 22 in 123 1/3 IP. He had the lowest ERA in the Marlins minor league system, finished fourth in the Florida State League in ERA and threw a no-hitter on May 28, 1995 against the West Palm Beach Expos.

Nunez got as far as AA and went 2-7 with a 5.47 ERA, giving up 119 hits in 97 innings of work with the 1996 Portland Sea Dogs. Being let go by Florida, he joined the Tyler Wildcatters and had a 2-3, 8.16 record for them, allowing 74 hits in 43 innings as he had faded away. Overall, Nunez was 31-29 in the minor leagues.

Sources include 1993-1998 Baseball Almanacs