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Monday, August 13, 2007

Player Focus: Leo Nunez

On Saturday, the Royals' 23-year-old Leo Nunez out-dueled Dustin McGowan to help his team to a a 4-1 victory over the Blue Jays. This was only the third career start for Nunez, who was purely a reliever in previous years. On the season, he has pitched 4 games (3 as starter, 1 as reliever), going 2-0 with a 1.80 ERA. If you only look at his stats for his 3 starts, he's 2-0 with a 1.13 ERA.

Nunez has potential to get on the hobby map this season (he's been a common ever since his debut). Beating McGowan (a hobby up-and-comer) in his last start should garner him some attention. If he can continue his success, I expect to see more action on his cards. One potential stumbling block would be that he plays for the Royals, who haven't been to the post season since '85, and have only had one winning season in the last 10+ years.

Of his RC cards that I've seen, his 04 Bowman Chrome seems to be his best. Since his cards are so cheap, you can probably find a BC Gold Ref #'d 50 for less than $10 TAC. All of the Nunez RC's on auction have bids (a month ago they probably wouldn't have had any), showing that collectors/investors are already starting to speculate.

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