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Spring Training Prospect Watch: Danny Muno

By Zac Vierra

Over the coming weeks, we will preview a series ofnoteworthy Mets prospects. Some are in their first years of professional ballbut have torn up the lower level leagues. Others may have a nameplate in themajor league clubhouse as soon as this April. Keep an eye on Spring TrainingProspect Watch as the season approaches to get the inside scoop on the nextcrop of Citi Field stars.

Position: INF

Bats/Throws: Switch/Right

Born: February 9, 1989 (Long Beach, CA)

Statistical Snapshot:

What you should know: In 2014 with Las Vegas, Muno showed aknack for clutch hitting. With runners in scoring position he hit .333 to go along with a .331 batting average with runners on base. Last season he split time between second base, shortstop, and third base, making the majority of his starts (69) at second. Muno was drafted by the Mets in the eighth-round of the 2011 draft out of Fresno State University, where he hit .346 in four years. In his first Minor League season with the Brooklyn Cyclones in 2011, he set a franchise record batting .355 which was also tops in the New York-Penn League that season.  

IN HIS OWN WORDS:

Where did you learn the game?

“I learned it from my dad and my mom when I was younger in Thousand Oaks, California. We played year round when I was growing up. My brother was 13 months older than me so we always played on the same team.”

Who were some of your biggest influences growing up?

“My parents definitely were and my family and my grandfather.”

Did you have a favorite player as a kid?

“I loved Nomar Garciaparra.”

How old were you when you started switch hitting?

“I hit all right handed until I was about 11. We had a batting cage in my backyard and my dad had me start hitting all left handed when I was 11. I would hit all left handed in games and I would hit right handed just occasionally in batting practice. During about my sophomore year of college I started hitting right handed in games again.”

Do you have a favorite moment in your baseball career so far?

“My favorite moment was when I won the College World Series with Fresno State my freshman year of college. It was one of the greatest moments of my life. It was pretty exhilarating. It was like a dream. I didn’t think it was real.”

Last year you had great success hitting with runners in scoring position and with men on base. Why do you think you had so much success in these situations?

“I probably focus a little bit more. I love to win and I am always envisioning getting those runners in to help the team win and it makes me want to do it more.”

What are your expectations for the upcoming season?

“I just have to get to the big leagues and help the Mets win a pennant. “

How do you spend your offseason?

“I got back to California and I do some hunting and I do some paddleboarding. I like to paddle surf too.”  

What is one thing Mets fans wouldn’t know about you?

“I love going to the movies. My favorite movie is The Warrior.”


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