After Jhonny Nunez managed to escape a jam that saw the Defenders have runners on second and third with no outs in the ninth inning of last night’s game by striking out the side, he seemed to lock himself into some key postseason innings down the road.
Nunez was the talk of the postgame session with Tony Franklin last night.
“I don’t know what you guys have seen in Nunez, but I can see why the scouts who saw him really thought he had a pretty good arm,” Franklin said.
“The kid is really, really good. He did some work with Scott as far as his mechanics were concerned. You look at a kid who can sit at 91, 92 throughout his stint in the ballgame. Be it two or three innings, this kid can sit at 91 or 92 miles per hour. Everybody can’t do that. A lot of guys can get to 92 or 93, but they can’t sit at 91 like this guy can. He’s got tremendous change of speeds, which compliments his fastball, and his slider’s pretty good.”
Franklin sees a bright future for his young reliever.
“This kid, he’s got it. Believe me, he’s got it,” he said.
“I think you’re going to hear a lot about this guy within the next two or three years. He’s 22 years old, got blessed with a nice long, loose arm. Strong body, this guy…I don’t know if there’s much fat on him at all, he’s pretty lean.”
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