MAJORING ON THE MINORS: TOP 30 PROSPECTS – DANNY MUNO - VOL.11 – Tom Brennan
I’m doing my Top 30 Prospects articles a bit differently – in 2 lists:
· A top 10 list of lower minors guys who likely won’t show up until 2017 or later. See list at end of this article.
· Followed by my top 20 list of guys who are closing in on the big leagues. Guys who could help in the near future or be trade bait.
DANNY MUNO: Yes, Muno gets my pick at #20. Quit yer groaning.
It may be a contrarian pick, as Danny has been a bit of a Rodney Dangerfield, no respect guy since being drafted in the 8th round in 2011, including his self-induced 50 game suspension for PED use, which soured some people.
I, though, have appreciated Danny's ability to get on base, show some pop, drive in and score runs ever since he turned pro.
His playing time was, in my opinion, foolishly curtailed to let Anthony Seratelli also play part time. The 5'11', 190 switch hitter had only 435 plate appearances in a 144 game season. Playing every day on that Vegas offensive team should have netted him 600 plate appearances in 2014.
Ever get annoyed by a Met who often does not come through in the clutch? Danny seems to have a clutch gene in him. For instance, how about.303/.452/.545 in 84 plate appearances with 2 outs and runners in scoring position last year? Give me some more of that!
Averaging his stats based on a 150 game schedule, Danny's career runs scored and RBIs approach 100 and 80, respectively, pretty fine for a guy who usually hits high or low in the order, and he has a penchant for getting on base (an excellent .395 career %), drawing a boatload (245) of bases on balls in just over 1600 career plate appearances.
He has also been a guy who improves as time goes on during a season, as his 2013 and 2014 seasons both were much better from June 1 forward. While not a speed-burner, he has stolen 52 of 75 in his minor league career, which is quite competent.
While his defense at SS, 2B and 3B in his minor league career has been a bit less than average, he is competent enough there.
The Mets have a lot of middle infielder types in their system, and had Mazzilli not gotten a 50 game suspension to start 2015, maybe Danny gets squeezed for at bats. Maybe if Herrera and Reynolds are both playing every day in Vegas, he still gets squeezed, or moves to 3B. But my take? Danny will have a big year in AAA, or as Ed Sullivan might say, a REALLY BIG YEAR, and in doing so, Danny will make not respecting him a whole lot harder to do.
Yep, #20 on my close-to-major-league top prospect list, Danny Muno. In this organization, a #20 ranking is nothing to sneeze at. Nineteen more to go, folks. Please keep reading in the days to come.
MY TOP 10 LOWER MINORS LIST:
# 1 - Marcos Molina
#2 – Michael Conforto
#3 – Amed Rosario
#4 – Dominic Smith
#5 - Jhoan Urena
#6 – Vicente Lupo
#7 – Wuilmer Becerra
#8 – Luis Guillorme
#9 - Casey Meisner
#10 - Milton Ramos