Former Bison Chris Nunn signs with Rangers after viral video
Friday, February 1, 2019
By Jack Bluhm
Former Bison Chris Nunn signs with Rangers after viral video

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Lipscomb baseball alum Chris Nunn was back in Nashville on January 14 and stopped by campus for some training and to throw a few bullpen sessions. Two weeks later Nunn signed a minor league contract with the Texas Rangers and will have a chance to pitch with their triple-A affiliate in Nashville for the upcoming 2019 season.

The 28-year old, who spent three years on the Lipscomb baseball team, was drafted in 2012 by the San Diego Padres in the 24th round and had success through the first three years of his career. Unfortunately, in 2015 Nunn dealt with a left hip injury and poor mechanics, and the Padres let him go after Spring Training. Nunn then decided to return to his alma mater to earn his MBA, as well as having a few modeling jobs on the side.

Nunn didn’t give up on baseball as he continued to work with current Bisons pitching coach James Ogden to get back to league.

In 2017 Nunn was brought to Spring Training with the Milwaukee Brewers, but things didn’t click as the club only offered him a deal for a Class-A assignment. Next came the Chicago Cubs. Nunn went to throw for the Cubs in their Double-A system, but once again it was only for a short while.

In 2018 he pitched for the Houston Astros Double-A team, but was released. That would ultimately lead Nunn north to the St. Paul Saints in the Independent American Association where he had an impressive season going 7-3 with a 3.05 ERA and 49 strikeouts in 11 games.

Back to present day, and in large thanks to social media, Nunn’s chances of one day being called up to the show have been restored. Nunn posted a video in association with PitchingNinja and the Flatground app that went viral. In the video, the lefty is seen at Ken Dugan Field throwing a bullpen session and is hitting 97-99 mph on the radar gun consistently.

The Rangers saw the video, sent a scout to see Nunn throw and signed him.

Nunn took to Twitter to announce his signing Monday evening saying, “I am thankful to have come to terms with the @Rangers for the 2019 season. I could not be more excited to get to spring training and get to work. I want to thank the @astros and @StPaulSaints for a great ride in 2018 and have nothing but respect for both organizations.”