After a whirlwind weekend, Nasim Nunez’s professional baseball career is underway.
The recent Collins Hill grad and former Eagles shortstop officially signed his first contract Sunday after being selected last Monday by the Miami Marlins with the No. 46 overall pick in the second round of the 2019 Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft.
Multiple media outlets are reporting his signing bonus was $2.2 million, higher than the $1.62 million suggested slot figure for a player taken when Nunez was.
But as happy as he is with that bonus, Nunez says he is simply happy to be able to get his pro career started.
“The signing bonus is just something to sit on just in case things don’t work out,” said Nunez, who was named first-team All-County by the Daily Post after hitting .345 with a home run, 13 RBIs, a Gwinnett-best 28 stolen bases, 36 runs, 12 doubles, a 1.052 OPS and a .908 fielding percentage in his senior season at Collins Hill this spring. “The big thing still is I have a love for the game. And right now (the focus is) just baseball.”
Nunez got his first taste of the baseball side of his signing Sunday before Miami’s game with the Atlanta Braves at Marlins Park, taking batting practice and fielding drills alongside the current Marlins and getting pointers from players like Martin Prado, Curtis Granderson and Miguel Rojas.
“It’s just amazing,” Nunez said of the experience. “It’s everything I’ve dreamed about.”
Since Sunday, Nunez has spent the past two days working out at the Marlins’ spring training facility in Jupiter, Fla., while awaiting official word of his first minor-league assignment.
While some published reports indicate he will stay in Jupiter and be assigned to the Marlins’ affiliate in the Gulf Coast League, Nunez says he won’t know for sure until likely the end of the week.
“I’ve only been here three day,” Nunez said Tuesday. “They’re going to let me know. I’m not going to ask questions right now. I’ll just do what they tell me.”