Darien Nuñez has received the call he has been waiting for. He left Cuba in 2015 as he escaped in Guyana, went to Haiti, then crossed over to the Dominican Republic. It took him three years before he was able to sign a contract with the Dodgers, which occurred in 2018. Now that long journey has taken him to the Dodgers. We saw the notification from Twitter last night.
Source: Cuban LHP Darien Nuñez (28) was promoted to the Big Leagues with the Los Angeles Dodgers. He will join the team tomorrow in Miami. Nuñez will become the 377th Cuban in history to reach MLB.
He was 5-0, 2.70 ERA, at Oklahoma, Triple-A, this season. pic.twitter.com/j3Eyi9HOCM
— Francys Romero (@francysromero10) July 7, 2021
Cuban LHP Darien Nuñez for OKC tonight:
2 innings, 1 hit, 4 Ks
For his minor league career, his K/9 is 14.6. Also, his mechanics are pretty danged similar to Aroldis Chapman's: pic.twitter.com/TDUmhy5mIb
— Josh Thomas (@jokeylocomotive) May 14, 2021
Nuñez earned the call up with some excellent statistics in 2021. In 30 innings he has struck out 42 batters, walked 15, only allowed 16 hits and the opponents have slashed only .193/.271/.314 (AVG/OBP/SLG). He is ready.
The Dodgers selected the contract of LHP Darien Nuñez and optioned RHP Mitch White to Triple-A Oklahoma City.
— Los Angeles Dodgers (@Dodgers) July 8, 2021
Now, it is official! I spoke briefly to Darien and he is very thankful. We at Dodgers 2080 are very excited to watch Nuñez continue to thrive in his career.
To read more about Darien, please check an interview I did with him in 2020.