With Muno and Rivera, you’ve got two guys who both started on one side of the infield and moved over to second base for defensive purposes later on in their careers. Both guys have offensive potential and the same career high in home runs with nine. Muno’s a little faster on the basepaths and was originally touted as a player with a little more potential, but he lost a little steam when he was suspended for a PED violation. Rivera has always been a player that I’ve been fond of — whether it be the fact that he’s a native New Yorker and an undrafted free agent, the fact that he makes contact at an excellent rate, or just a gut feeling — but he’s the guy I’m rolling with here. He managed to hold his average steady in Savannah, so I’m excited to see him play in Binghamton next year. Verdict: TJ Rivera
This is an interesting comparison, because both have played an important part in their team’s success in 2013. Both have the opportunity to play at any level, but at this point T.J. Rivera cannot move up, unless Daniel Muno continues to move up as well; interesting to see what would happen if they both ended up on the same team.
The best way for me to evaluate both players are to put them side by side and look at their career stats, they are just about even; Games – Muno (267) / Rivera (295), Runs – Muno (167)/Rivera (172), Hits – Muno (271)/Rivera (351), Doubles – Muno (66)/Rivera (60), Triples – Muno (7)/Rivera (5), HR – Muno (17)/Rivera (12), RBI – Muno (130)/Rivera (136), SB – Muno (43)/Rivera (20), Batting – Muno (.283/.404/.420)/Rivera (.304/.359/.396).
If we are looking at the stats alone, it’s hard to say which player I would choose because they both can be impressive in they continue to develop. Regarding their defense, Muno’s career FLD% at 2B (.974) & SS (.941) and Rivera’s career FLD% 2B (.976) & SS (.943), basically they are both better defensively at 2B, so it would be a tough decision to see who would be the one to move over if the opportunity to play on the same team ever evolved. So at this point this is a toss-up.
But overall I feel that Rivera is a bit more versatile and when he is fully given the opportunity, I feel he will truly shine. I had the opportunity to interview both players and they both impressed me; both great young men and very talented. This is a real tough one for me. Verdict: TJ Rivera
While I think that both of these players could potentially offer something to the big league club, I think that T.J. Rivera is going to have the bigger impression in Flushing. Rivera is a level behind Muno, however he carries a higher career batting average, has more hits and lower strikeouts than Muno. Rivera also has more RBI, albeit by a slight margin. Muno does have over 100 more walks, something Alderson values, which may come into play if the trend continues. Verdict: TJ Rivera
Looks like all three of our writers agree that TJ Rivera is the better shortstop Prospect. Congrats to Rivera for winning our face-off this week. Tune in Next week for a new Face-off.