Just when you thought we couldn’t talk about any more shortstops of the Arizona Diamondbacks, along comes Jose Munoz. Although Munoz does not fit into the club’s immediate plans, he currently ranks as the organization’s #11 prospect according to mlb.com and it is his bat that could carry him to the Major League level.
The D’backs took Munoz in the second round of the 2012 Draft out of Los Altos High School in Hacienda Height, California. He immediately was sent to the organization’s Rookie League team and managed to play in 47 games. At 18, Munoz received 173 at-bats and hit two home runs with 20 RBI’s and a slash line of .260/.326/.341. In 2013, he moved up to Missoula in the Pioneer League. He received 194 at-bats and managed to produce a healthy increase over his prior year’s numbers. Munoz hit six home runs and drive in 30 runs with a line of .263/.342/.448. His OPS also jumped from .667 to .791.
At 6 foot 3 and 195 pounds, mlb.com projects that Munoz could eventually make the shift to third base. Having just turned 20, Munoz will have plenty of time to make the switch if the organization chooses to put him on that path. Look for him to start 2014 at Class A South Bend with a promotion to High Class A Visilia before the end of the season.