Vidal Nuño, a left-handed pitcher, attended Baker University where he earned 15 wins with a 1.98 ERA and was named the HAAC "Pitcher of the Year" in 2008. In 2009, the Cleveland Indians selected him in the 48th round of the Major League Baseball Draft. He began as a relief pitcher for the Mahoning Valley Scrappers in Class A-Short Season New York-Pennsylvania League but was soon moved into the starting rotation; finishing the season with a 2.05 ERA. After the 2010 season, Nuño committed to developing his changeup and joined an independent league. After six games in the independent league, he signed with the New York Yankees organization where he advanced quickly through the minors. In 2012, he pitched in Class A-Advanced Florida State League and Class AA Eastern League and managed a 10-6 record with 2.54 ERA, the best among all Yankees minor league pitchers across 138 1/3 innings pitched.
Going into the 2013 season, the Yankees invited Nuño to spring training where he won the James P. Dawson Award, which is given to the best rookie in camp. Assigned initially to Class AAA, he was named the league’s pitcher of the week for the week ending April 21. On April 27, 2013, the Yankees promoted Nuño to the major leagues. In his debut he pitched three scoreless innings in relief. In his second appearance, his first major league start, he became the first Yankee to toss at least 5 scoreless innings in a players first Major League start since Jorge DePaula on 9/26/03. In 2014, Nuño opened the season as a relief pitcher before getting his first start on April 20. He would go on to start 14 games for the Yankees before the Arizona Diamondbacks traded for him in July 2014.
After a great start in 2015, Arizona traded Vidal to Seattle where he is currently representing the Mariners.
James P. Dawson Award – 2013
Pitcher of the Year - 2008
Birthplace: National City, CA
Draft: Rnd 48 (2009/CLE)
School: Baker University
Dusten Knight was born to play baseball. In six years in the minor leagues, Dusten has exemplified hard work and consistency. He has had an ERA under 3.70 for five of his six seasons and has given batters trouble, allowing an average of only .226. When given the chance, Dusten has shown that he is capable of playing at some of the highest levels in the sport.
Birthplace: Tahlequah, OK
Draft: Rnd 28 (2013/SF)
School: Texas - Pan American