The Phillies signed Muzziotti to a $750K bonus in 2016. He had initially signed with Boston, but Major League Baseball voided the contract as a part of a larger penalty against the Red Sox for international violations. Muzziotti has steadily risen through the ranks since debuting in the DSL. Now 20-years-old, he’s still three years younger than the average Florida State League player and was named a league all-star after slashing .277/.327/.378 with 18 steals in the first half. I got my first look at the speedy outfielder during this year’s Florida State League All-Star Game in June.
Although he only logged one official at-bat, the Venezuelan outfielder showcased his plate discipline, speed, and defensive capabilities. He’s not very physical, but the uber athletic outfielder has a twitchy build with a quick bat and plus wheels. Muzziotti’s batspeed makes up for a swing that gets long at times, and could also lead to some power down the road if he adds strength. He roams CF with ease and projects to stay at the position, gliding back on balls over his head while showcasing a strong arm. He’s a definite threat on the bases, capable of racking up solid stolen base totals in a big league uniform.
Muzziotti’s speed, contact, and defense could make him a throwback everyday CF that does the little things. If he adds power there’s a chance for real impact with potential to contribute with all five tools. With a strong finish in High-A to finish 2019, Muzziotti is on pace to begin next season in Double-A at the young age of 21.