The big lefty with the live fastball is back with a major league organization!
Chris Nunn, a 6-foot-5 lefthander, with a little help from a viral video, has been signed as a free agent by the Texas Rangers.
In a story that headlined mlb.com’s main page for a while yesterday, Chris is being heralded for his perseverance.
And it’s true, if Nunn can ever get that elusive callup to the majors, it would make a fantastic story- perhaps even rivaling Erik Kratz’s. The first part of his story of course: Chris pitched in Winchester in the summer of 2010 when he was a student at Lipscomb. He was drafted in the 24th round in 2012 by the San Diego Padres, and spent four years in the Padres’ system, reaching Double-A San Antonio for a few games in 2015. San Diego released him at the end of spring training in 2016, and Chris left baseball for a year.
In 2017, Nunn signed with Evansville in the independent Frontier League, and started one game, in which he struck out 9 in 5 innings pitched. The Chicago Cubs signed him in August, and he started four games for Double-A Tennessee. After that season, he was picked up by the Houston Astros in the Triple-A portion of the Rule 5 draft.
He split his 2018 between Double-A Corpus Christi and Triple-A Fresno, appearing in 15 games before being set free (released) in late June. He subsequently signed with St. Paul of the independent American Association, and went 7-3, 3.05 in 11 starts and 59 innings.
After some work with a physiotherapist for a weak hip, Nunn was popping 99 mph in workouts this winter. With some help from @PitchingNinja and @FlatgroundApp, Chris turned the visibility into a tryout with the Texas Rangers, and now he’ll head into Spring Training with a chance to make the Triple-A Nashville squad, and perhaps pitch in his hometown… and perhaps in Arlington down the road!