The Mets’ most underrated prospect: Danny Muno

Daniel-Muno

Daniel Muno profile:

Height: 5’11
Weight: 190 lbs.
Age: 26.07 y/o (as of when this article was written)
Acquired by: Mets drafted him out of Fresno State in 8th round of 2011 amateur draft
Bats/Throws: S/R
Number: 12
PositionSecond Base
Last Played For: Las Vegas 51’s (AAA)
Average stats/year through 4 years in minor leagues:

  • HR: 7.75
  • AVG: .276
  • RBI: 48
  • OPS: .814
  • SB: 13
  • TB: 138
  • AB: 329
  • H: 91

Let’s compare Muno, a second base prospect, to our best second base prospect, Dilson Herrera. Also, Dilson only played a mere 7 games in the Mets organization in 2013, so we’ll only count his 2014 numbers.

  • Muno is an inch taller than Dilson, and weighs 40 lbs. more than him.
  • This past season, Herrera played in both A+ and AA ball. Here are his numbers:
    • 524 AB
    • 13 HR
    • 71 RBI
    • 23 SB
    • .858 OPS
    • 169 H
    • 251 TB
    • .323 AVG
  • Those numbers appear much better than Muno’s… But what you may notice is that Herrera had 165 more at-bats than Muno (359) did this past season. So let’s adjust Muno’s numbers to the amount of at-bats that Herrera had.
    • 524 AB
    • 20.4 HR
    • 90.5 RBI
    • 13.1 SB
    • .790 OPS
    • 135.7 H
    • 219 TB
    • .259 AVG

Comparing these numbers, and also physical attributes (height and weight), shows that Muno is closer to Herrera than people may believe. He has better power than Herrera, and also is very good at picking up those RBIs. This season was a down year for Muno in a few categories, namely batting average and stolen bases, and he still managed to pick up some numbers that were respectable for his place in the organization.

Let’s Watch him Hit!

The fact that Muno is a switch-hitter is very significant, as he can hit pitchers from both sides of the plate. He has a very nice swing from each side of the place, which you can see in this video:

Here’s another highlight of his, showing off his opposite-field gap power…

And lastly, this next video shows Muno coming in to pinch hit late in a game, and immediately slugging a home run to right. It shows off his clutch factor and his pure power…

 

Can he play the field?

Well, first off, he’s a very versatile fielder. He can play on either side up the middle (shortstop or second base), and even has some experience, albeit limited, at third base. He’s played 28% of his games at shortstop, 7% at third base, and an overwhelming 62% at second.

Overall, his defensive statistics were nothing to call home about, but they were definitely not poor. We have to keep in mind that because he plays at three different positions, his defensive numbers may be skewed a bit. He has a nice arm, decent range, and overall steady defense.

What do I particularly like about him?

The thing that impressed me most about Muno was that he has improved across the board each time he’s moved up in the system.

He showed off nice power numbers in Las Vegas, where he played against MLB-level pitchers, who were either just about to enter the majors or just leaving the majors. For example, in a game against the Sacramento River Cats on April 10th, 2014, he faced Joe Blanton (yes, Joe Blanton the 10-year MLB-vet who won the 2008 World Series with the Phillies). And what did Muno do? He went 2-4 and hit a HR off the MLB-veteran.

What is my future outlook on him?

I think Muno has MLB talent. He has nice fundamentals, a super bat, average to above-average speed, and consistent fielding.

He earned an invite to the Mets’ 2015 Spring Training, but didn’t quite do enough to make the MLB-roster out of camp. However, the Mets called him up yesterday, April 17th, and he went 1-1 as a pinch-hitter. I see him spending some more time in the majors this season, but not quite earning a full-time roster spot until Spring Training of next year.

If Murphy leaves, he can compete with Dilson for the second base job. If Flores doesn’t pan out, he can spend some time at shortstop. He can even be a potential replacement for Wright when the latter’s career ends.

Who is his MLB Comparison?

I think Muno builds a fair comparison to current Mets second baseman, Daniel Murphy.

Murphy, a 2014 All-Star, didn’t really hit his stride until he had spent a few years in the bigs. I think Muno is the same. While his minor league numbers are good, I still think, based on watching tape of him and reading scouting reports, that he has room to grow.

He and Murphy are comparable as fielders, baserunners, and power hitters (although Muno may have a slight edge here).

The differentiation between the two is that Murph has developed into a great contact hitter who consistently puts up a batting average from the high .200s to the low .300s. This was not always a given for Murph.

Hopefully Muno can grow as a contact hitter the way that Daniel Murphy did. I see similar tools between the two, and a similar growth pattern.

Overall, Daniel Muno’s style of play, skills, and even shortcomings all are reminiscent of Murphy.

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