For the purpose of our series of posts, we define the word fringe as any prospects, which we considered, that were absent from MMN’s own Top 40 Prospect lists. The purpose of the series is to identify prospects that are showing promise above what fans might expect and what their futures will hold within the Mets organization.
Daniel Muno, 2B
2013 Total Stats: 561 PA, .249/.384/.379, 27 2B, 9 HR, 16.4 BB%, 17.3 K%
In 2013, Muno got his first shot in Double-A Binghamton at the age of 24. He struggled with the stiff competition of the Eastern League early on, hitting .221 and .179 in April and May respectively. However, Daniel would settle in and go on to hit .310 in June and July combined– to go along with an incredible .432 OBP. The 5’11” second basemen showed some pop as well, hitting nine homeruns and clubbing 27 doubles on the season. Muno also showed some versatility, playing some shortstop for the B-Mets.
Although it may appear that Muno struggled against younger competition, his age is misleading. In terms of baseball experience Daniel is still very green. After being drafted in the 8th round of the 2011 draft, Muno had played just 90 games in the minors coming into 2013. So while you would have liked to see Cal State product rip though the Eastern League, it was impressive to see him settle down and thrive despite his early season struggles. I expect to see him get off to a faster start in 2014 using his plus approach and batting eye at the plate.
Because of Daniel’s mediocre start to the 2013, I’d expect to see him back in Binghamton to start 2014. Although I don’t think there’s much left for him to conquer there, it may be a good play just from a confidence and comfort level. Let him get off to a hot start there and see if he earns his way to Las Vegas. I think he’ll do just that, because he’s got such an advanced approach and solid pop from a middle infielder compared to his younger competition.
Prospects On The Fringe: