CHICAGO – After not having played affiliated baseball since 2015, former Lipscomb left-hander Chris Nunn was signed by the Chicago Cubs on Wednesday and will be assigned immediately to their Double-A affiliate, the Tennessee Smokies.
Nunn stepped away from the game for more than two years in order to pursue his Master’s Degree and a modeling career, but after recently joining the Evansville Otters in the Independent Frontier League he needed only one start to show his true potential.
In five innings of work, the southpaw struck out nine batters and allowed two runs against the Florence Freedom on August 9. After allowing the first two batters of the game to reach base, Nunn settled in to strike out the next seven batters in a row.
Nunn was drafted out of Lipscomb in the 24th round of the 2012 MLB Draft by the San Diego Padres and spent four years in their organization. In 176 career games in the minors, he posted a 20-4 record with a 4.01 ERA. The hard-throwing lefty struck out 242 batters over 213.1 career innings.
His best season came in 2013 with the Fort Wayne TinCaps where he went 8-2 with a 2.77 ERA.