#36 – SS Danny Muno

Bats/Throws: Switch/Right

Height/Weight: 5’11”, 175 lbs

Acquired: 8th round 2011 (Fresno State)

Born: 2/9/89 (Long Beach, CA)

2011 Rank: N/A

Why Ranked Here: Muno had a really strong professional debut, smacking around New York-Penn League pitching at a .355/.466/.514 clip at age 22. He’ll head to 2012 as a 23-year old on Opening Day with the clock ticking loudly.

 

Muno played shortstop and third base in college, but the Mets had him play all but two games at shortstop in the New York Penn League. His arm is strong enough for either position, but he’ll need to prove that he has the range to play shortstop everyday as a professional.

 

If he can’t play shortstop everyday, he could carve out a career as a versatile backup infielder or perhaps a third baseman. He does not have the power to profile as a classic third baseman.  However, third base is in transition, and 2011 was a down year for the position as MLBers hit just .252/.317/.390 at third, essentially equal to second basemen.

 

2011:  Muno, the Mets’ 8th round pick signed quickly for $10,000 and started beating up on the New York-Penn League.  He led the League in batting average, on-base percentage and was third in walks, and slugging.

 

It’s a little hard for me not to see a lot of Darrell Ceciliani’s 2010 batting line in Muno’s 2011.  Compare.

Versus Ceciliani


Age 2B 3B HR AVG OBP SLG XBH% SO% BB% HR% BABIP
Ceciliani 2010 20 19 12 2 .351 .410 .531 10.9 18.5 7.9 0.7 .435
Muno 2011 22 23 3 2 .355 .466 .514 10.5 14.6 16.1 0.7 .425

 

 

Muno walked considerably more, and struck out slightly less. Ceciliani used his speed more, he had 12 triples compared to Muno’s three, and stole 21 bases compared to Muno’s 9.

 

Dr. Pangloss Says: An OBP-heavy third baseman.

Debbie Downer Says: Organizational depth

Projected 2012 Start: Savannah

MLB Arrival: 2014

 

Basic


AB H 2B 3B HR BB SO SF SAC HBP AVG OBP SLG
2011 – NYP 220 78 23 3 2 43 39 0 1 3 .355 .466 .514

 

 

Advanced


XBH% SO% BB% HR% BABIP ISO
2011 – NYP 10.5 14.6 16.1 0.7 .425 .159