Drew Muren

Position: RHRP
Level: High A
Affiliate: Kane County Cougars
Age: 27
Height: 6'6"
Weight: 225
B/T: Left / Right
Acquired: 22nd Rd., 2011 MLB First-Year Player Draft (HOU); Signed as free agent March 8, 2016 (ARI)

Prospect Spotlight

Muren is a long, lanky right-handed reliever (think John Axford, RHP, Athletics) with a sidearm delivery. Muren has seen limited action thus far in 2016, with only two innings of work at stops in the Cal League and the PCL. He sat 95-to-96 mph at Rancho Cucamonga last week and hit 98 twice in his one inning there, though he did not show an off-speed pitch. Muren is an interesting story; he was drafted in the 22nd round in 2011 by the Astros and hit .267 over the next two-plus seasons with 46 doubles spanning Class A to Double-A. He posted not-terrible numbers for a guy with a projectable frame and an obviously cannon arm in the outfield, however, he was released and spent 2013-2015 bouncing around independent leagues.

The D’Backs picked him up in a tryout this past February when he showed up as a pitcher pumping out high 90’s fastballs. He has limited time on the mound in his career, so he is the definition of a project, but he has some arm strength and given his size, lanky frame, and arm angle he is far from a comfortable look for hitters. He is a very athletic kid with surprising body control for someone his size; if he can find even a little bit of consistency with any sort of off-speed pitch, look for him to shoot through the system pretty quickly. — Dave DeFreitas