Who is Vidal Nuno?

May, 13, 2013
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."

Name: He is the only major leaguer ever with the first name of Vidal.

Throws: Lefty

Age: 25

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.
Andrew Marchand is a senior writer for ESPNNewYork. He also regularly contributes to SportsCenter, Baseball Tonight, ESPNews, ESPN New York 98.7 FM and ESPN Radio. He joined ESPN in 2007 after nine years at the New York Post. Follow Andrew on Twitter »



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