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The Mets’ most underrated prospect: Danny Muno

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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.

What if Wednesday: Justin Upton

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In the offseason of 2012-13, the Mets made a push for Justin Upton. Upton, then of the Arizona Diamondbacks, was just 25 years old and was considered to be one of the best outfielders in the game.

Supposedly, Sandy Alderson was pushing hard for Upton, trying to make a trade work for a while. Eventually, this effort failed.

Upton was traded along with Chris Johnson to the Atlanta Braves in January of 2013 in exchange for Martin Prado, Randall Delgado and three prospects- Zeke Spruill, Nick Ahmed, and Brandon Drury.

But what would a Mets trade for Upton look like? What would change as a result of this acquisition?

  • The Mets trade Daniel Murphy, Jenrry Mejia, Wilmer Flores, and Rafael Montero to the Diamondbacks in exchange for Justin Upton and Chris Owings.
  • Let’s take a brief look at how this one trade two winters ago would’ve impacted the way this offseason (2014-15) has played out…
    • With Justin Upton on the Mets, the Braves clearly can’t send him along to San Diego. The Padres killer offseason comes out a notch below where it is today.
    • The Pads’ lose out on Upton, and so, have no need to trade Seth Smith to the Mariners. He remains in San Diego.
    • Even with Upton, the Mets still sign Cuddyer to fill out the outfield, forming the “Norfolk Three” with Upton, David Wright, and Cuddyer.
    • Because Martin Prado is never a Diamondback, he can’t be traded to the Yankees in the summer of 2014. As a result, the Yanks can’t send him to Miami. Prado is still a Brave, and Nathan Eovaldi is still a Marlin.
    • Now that the Marlins don’t have Prado, they have no reason to trade Casey McGehee to the San Francisco Giants, and he thus continues to call Miami home.
    • With the Giants missing out on Chase Headley, and now not acquiring Casey McGehee, they’re in some big trouble at third base. They make a greater push for Asdrubal Cabrera, ultimately signing him, as he spurns the Tampa Bay Rays.
    • The Rays don’t sign Cabrera to add to their surplus of infield talent, and thus, all of these Ben Zobrist trade rumors (particularly to the Mets) are, more or less, obsolete.
    • The D-Backs don’t trade Didi Gregorius to the New York Yankees, as they have nobody else at shortstop, with Chris Owings a Met and Nick Ahmed still a Brave.
    • The Yankees need to find another shortstop, so they go out and place the winning bid on Korean shortstop Jung-Ho Kang.
    • And lastly, the Mets aren’t the subject of every shortstop rumor, because they already have their shortstop of the future in Chris Owings…
  • Now we can rewind a little bit…
    • The Braves need to acquire another outfielder to accompany Jason Heyward and BJ Upton after failing to acquire the latter’s brother. With all of the big-time corner outfielders off of the market, the Braves really have nowhere to go… They place utility-man Evan Gattis in left field.
    • In the 2013 season, the Braves don’t perform to the level that they did in the “real world” without Justin Upton, but they still just barely sneak into the playoffs with the weak NL East. They get swept in the NLDS by the LA Dodgers.
    • The Mets don’t sign Curtis Granderson in the winter of 2013 because they already have Upton and Lagares, and plan on signing another outfielder the following offseason. He ends up back with the Yankees on a lesser contract.
  • And many, many, many more things would’ve changed if Upton was a Met…

What else do you think would’ve changed? Let me know in the COMMENT section!

Q&A Saturday- Michael Baron

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Michael Baron is a baseball fan, writer, and photographer. He works for MetsBlog.com, SNY.tv, and MLB.com. Follow him on twitter @michaelgbaron!