CARLOS MUNOZ
FIRST BASEMAN
Born: June 29, 1994
Height: 5’11″
Weight: 225
Bats: Left
Throws: Left
Signed: Int’l Free Agent, 2011, Pittsburgh Pirates
How Acquired: International Free Agent
Country: Mexico
Agent: N/A

WTM’S PIRATE PLAYER PROFILES

Munoz is a short, stocky first baseman from Mexico who signed at age 16.  He spent three seasons in the Latin American summer leagues, but didn’t start hitting for power until his third season.  He draws extremely large numbers of walks and rarely swings and misses.  At this time, he’s more athletic and moves around first better than you’d expect, but that may not last long as he gets very far into his twenties.

2011
VSL:  190/227/238, 21 AB, 1 2B, 2 K

Munoz got into only nine games in his debut.

2012
DSL:  261/443/366, 134 AB, 9 2B, 1 3B, 1 HR, 40 BB, 18 K, 3-9 SB

Playing about two-thirds of the time, Munoz drew a huge number of walks, but didn’t hit for a lot of power.

2013
DSL:  319/456/459, 207 AB, 16 2B, 2 3B, 3 HR, 54 BB, 27 K, 0-1 SB

Playing every day, Munoz continued to draw enormous numbers of walks and started to hit for good power.

2014
R:  284/377/421, 197 AB, 15 2B, 4 HR, 30 BB, 16 K, 0-2 SB

The Pirates finally brought Munoz to the GCL and he continued to show exceptional strike judgment and contact ability, along with solid gap power.

Munoz clearly has an unusual talent for putting the bat on the ball, but his physique will count against him, as will the fact that he turned 21 during his first season in the States.  In fact, he’ll be eligible for the Rule 5 draft after just one more season.  It would help if he’d develop more over-the-fence power.  He should move up at least to Morgantown in 2015.

STATS
Baseball Reference — Minors
Fangraphs
MiLB.com
CONTRACT INFORMATION
2015: Minor League Contract
PLAYER INFORMATION
Signing Bonus: N/A
MiLB Debut: 2011
MLB Debut: N/A
MiLB FA Eligible: 2017
MLB FA Eligible: N/A
Rule 5 Eligible: 2015
Added to 40-Man: N/A
Options Remaining: 3
MLB Service Time: 0.000
TRANSACTIONS
May 9, 2011: Signed by the Pittsburgh Pirates as an international free agent.