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Pirates Top 30 Prospects No. 26: Malcom Nuñez Looks to Rebound



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The Pirates didn’t put Nuñez on their 40-man roster last offseason, but ended up lucky when no other team poached him away during the Rule 5 draft. With a big league ETA of 2024, it’ll be interesting to see if the Pirates roster him this offseason, or if they’ll risk losing him once again.

With Ke’Bryan Hayes manning the hot corner in Pittsburgh, there’s a roadblock ahead of Nuñez in his quest to the big leagues. As such, the Pirates played him at first base and designated hitter in 2023, positions that give him a better chance of regular playing time moving forward. The fit helps Nuñez too, as he isn’t particularly fleet of foot.

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