"He's made a lot of progress," hitting coach Greg Colbrunn said. "We knew that coming in, it just wasn't showing up in games. He's been a lot more consistent over the past month — he had a great month in June — and hopefully he can build on that and have a great July and August."
The 6-foot-4 first baseman started slow out of the gate, hitting just .247 in April before bumping it up to .286 in the month of May. June, however, is when he really started to show the long-awaited promise, hitting .312 and striking out just 14 times, nearly half the amount of strikeouts he had in May .
"He's come a long way since the beginning of the season," manager Carlos Mendoza said. "He is starting to swing at better pitches, shortening his swing, and has much better balance at the plate. He is seeing the ball much better.
"Defensively, he is making more plays and becoming more agile on the field. He just needs to focus and stay concentrated on what he's working on. Consistency has always been a big thing for Reymond. We want him to come out to play everyday and succeed every at-bat."
While he has gone hitless in his last three games, with former RiverDogs Tyler Austin, Mason Williams, and Gary Sanchez being promoted to Tampa, Nunez sees their departure as a chance to make an impact.
"I see this is an opportunity for me to stand out because I know I have the ability," Nunez said through the help of a translator. "I want to work hard for my team.
"I think my defense and offense have gotten better. Sometimes I would swing at pitches in the dirt but I've adjusted. I just need to keep my swing short and wait for good pitches.
"It feels good because my team believes in me and I want to be able to come through for them."
"He's been more aggressive with his swing," Colbrunn added. "He wasn't necessarily swinging at bad pitches, he's just utilizing gaps now — hitting to the right side or left side of the field.
"He just needs to continue being aggressive, stay within himself, realize he doesn't have to swing too hard, because he has all the pop anyone would ever need."
Nunez Slowly Getting There
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