So I missed that BA released their New-York Penn League Top 20 Prospects Rankings last Sunday. Seriously? Sunday. Anyway, Danny Muno, coming off a .355/.466/.514 season with 23 doubles, 43 walks and 39 strikeouts slotted in at #18.
Aaron Fitt wrote in part:
“He has some of the best knowledge of the strike zone I’ve ever seen from a young kid,” Brooklyn manager Rich Donnelly said. “His bat is going to play and his OBP is ridiculous. He’s been a winner his whole life. He’s a tough kid and I just like him.”
Muno lacks the range to be an everyday shortstop in the big leagues, but he has good infield actions and instincts to go along with a solid arm. He has a chance to be a regular at second base or a versatile utilityman who can fill in all over the infield. He has slightly above-average speed and good baserunning instincts.
In his chat, Fitt also praised Cory Mazzoni:
“While we’re talking Mets, Cory Mazzoni also was very impressive in his brief NY-P stint (he also did not qualify for this list). He was 93-96 with a plus slider. Exciting arm.”
My understanding was that by the end of the year in St. Lucie, he mostly working in the 92-93 range with a little 94. Still perhaps he was throwing harder earlier in Brooklyn, or can dial it up for short relief appearances (he was limited to one-inning outings with the Cyclones). Either way, Fitt’s right, very interesting arm.
No Gnats made the SAL Top 20 Prospects.