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Hello, my name is Vidal Nuno

The pitcher we received from the Yankees for Brandon McCarthy has a good claim at being the unluckiest man in the world since his arrival in Arizona, going winless in 14 starts. But how much do we blame him?

How this works

Every other day, from now through to Christmas, we'll open up discussion on a particular player who made a meaningful contribution to the 2014 Diamondbacks. [I've drawn the line at 125 PA or 20 innings] There will be two sections. Firstly, a poll where you rate them from 5 ("Highly satisfied") down to 1 ("Very dissatisfied"): it's entirely up to you what criteria you use for the number. Secondly, the comments below, where you can talk about the reasons for your vote, etc. Things to discuss include, but are not limited to:

  • Pre-season expectations
  • 2014 performance: strengths and weaknesses, etc.
  • Health and other mitigating factors
  • How they'll help the team in 2015, their role, etc.

Three days down the line, we'll collate the votes, calculate a final average score, and write up the consensus of SnakePit thought into an appraisal. Here is a quick overview of today's candidate for your consideration.

Additional bonus! Going forward. we'll also have a "Comment of the Thread" for the appraisal, so please rec the comments you find insightful, funny, or whatever.

Vidal Nuno - RHP

  • DOB: 07/26/1987
  • 2014 salary: League minimum
  • 2014 performance [AZ only]: 14 G, 83.2 IP, 69:20 K:BB, 3.76 ERA, 0-7 record
  • 2014 value: 1.0 bWAR, 0.8 fWAR

Nuño's winless streak wasn't quite the longest in the majors this year, but it only trailed Jake Peavy's 18-game run, and having most of those come at the start of his time in Arizona certainly made an impact. By going without a W in all 14 of his NL starts this year, he broke the 134-year-old record set by Stump Wiedman in 1880, who was winless in his 13 attempts. But he didn't pitch that badly: his ERA was higher only than Josh Collmenter's, among the 11 who started a game for Arizona this year. And he was certainly a lot cheaper than the pitcher for whom he was traded, and Nuño is also under team control through at least 2019.

But does he have a place on the roster for 2015, especially after the acquisition of Jeremy Hellickson?