Tuesday, June 28, 2011
Rex De La Nuez
Time: 9 Days
Item Sent: 1990 Star Kenosha Twins, 1991 ProCards Visalia Oaks, 1993 Fleer/ProCards Nashville Xpress
Item Received: 1990 Star Kenosha Twins, 1991 ProCards Visalia Oaks, 1993 Fleer/ProCards Nashville Xpress. All signed in black Sharpie.
Already two years in to his pro career with the Twins, speedy outfielder Rex De La Nuez really staked his claim as a top Twins prospect with his breakout year at Visalia in 1991. In addition to stealing a career-best 39 bases, he hit eleven home runs and drew 84 walks. All told, it gave him an eye-popping .308/.433/.456 slash line. He hit twelve more dingers but stole just 13 bases in AA at Orlando the next year. By 1993, his average fell to just .236 for AA Nashville, though he did maintain an outstanding .407 on-base percentage thanks to his 93 walks. (Perhaps sabermetrics could have saved his career!) After spending all of 1994 in independent ball, he resurfaced in the Detroit Tigers system in 1995. He had one more year of indie ball in him, and that was it for his playing career. He is currently a scout for the Cincinnati Reds.