Munoz has wasted little time in acclimating himself to the Texas League, hitting a home run in his second game on April 28th and three more against Frisco this week. Munoz started the year in extended spring training, as a foot injury delayed his arrival to Midland, and the talented infielder will be playing on a playing progression program in the short term while the Athletics evaluate how his foot is progressing.
Once fully healthy, Munoz could start building upon a strong finish to a 2015 season that saw him flash some power to go along with above-average defensive chops on the infield dirt. His plus arm and athleticism provide the foundation upon which his prospect profile is built. Munoz flashes excellent footwork at shortstop, and he has shown an improved ability to slow the game down around him and better play within himself.
His bat is behind his defensive skills at present, but Munoz shows some sizzle at the plate as well, including plus bat speed and the ability to hit the ball hard when he hits it square. Munoz has some physical projection left in his body, and he profiles to add more strength and raw power at maturity. His approach at the plate has also consistently improved since 2014. He’s improved his walk rate (2.5% BB% in 2014, 5.8% in 2015) while maintaining excellent contact rates (12.1% K%) in 2015.
Munoz shows the potential to become a solid major league contributor at his peak. He’ll likely see a lot of time at second base while he is playing at the same level as Franklin Barreto and Matt Chapman, but his defensive skills offer evidence that he has a strong chance to stick at shortstop. – Mauricio Rubio