Arizona Diamondbacks: Kevin Munson Opts for Free Agency


The Arizona Diamondbacks have announced that right-hander pitcher Kevin Munson has elected to pursue free agency. Munson, who was designated for assignment in August, was taken by the D-backs in the fourth round of the 2010 Draft out of James Madison University. He bounce all over the organization, getting as high as Triple A Reno the last three seasons.

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The 26-year old Munson came to Spring Training this year looking for a spot in the bullpen. However, arm soreness derailed his dream of making it to the Majors. Instead, he ended up appearing in 30 games for the Aces, pitching a total of 32 1/3 innings. He allowed 24 hits and 25 walks while striking out 30. In 2014, he was selected by the Philadelphia Phillies in the Rule 5 Draft. Because he did not earn a spot on the Phillies’ roster, he was sent back to Arizona. Munson spent 2011 and 2012 in the Arizona Fall League, appearing in a total of 24 games for the Salt River Rafters. He even pitched twice in Winter ball, in 2013 in the Mexican League and in 2014 in the Dominican League.

It is a shame that Munson was unable to make the Snakes’ roster. He had an excellent season in 2014 in Reno, compiling a 2.60 ERA in 56 games.  He struck out 82 batters over 62 1/3 innings and walked only 22 while allowing 49 hits. Here is hoping Kevin Munson latches on with another organization and finally gets the chance to make his Major League debut.

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