Young Fireballer Munoz Turns Heads in AFL

MLB Pipeline’s Jim Callis wowed by triple-digit heat

By Justin Lafferty

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Armed with a 102-mph fastball and a nasty slider, 18-year-old Padres RHP prospect Andres Munoz is burning up the Arizona Fall League.

The youngest player in the AFL, Munoz has fanned 11 batters in 8.2 innings for the Peoria Javelinas, allowing just one run. The reliever has held AFL batsmen to a .138 average, impressing MLB Pipeline’s Jim Callis, who discussed the young righty’s performance in a recent video.

“He had the best pure stuff I’ve seen,” Callis said of Munoz’s outing in the Military Appreciation Game on Nov. 11. “He got up to 102 miles per hour on the scoreboard gun and just threw some wicked sliders that came to the plate at about 90 miles an hour, then took a sharp turn to the left and made righties look bad.”

Facing the Surprise Saguaros, Munoz pitched a spotless 7th inning, ringing up strikeouts on fastballs clocked at 101 and 102-mph.

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Though he’s not on the current top 25 Padres prospects list, Munoz’s stock is soaring with a breakout performance for Peoria. Through 9 games, he’s allowed just 4 hits.

While hitters in Arizona have failed to figure him out, he also proved elusive last season pitching for Class A Short-Season Tri-Cities and Class A Fort Wayne. With the Dust Devils, Munoz held batters to a .178 average, striking out 35 over 23.2 innings. He finished last season with a short stint on the TinCaps, fanning 3 batters in 2.1 innings.

Munoz signed with the Padres as an international free agent from Los Mochis, Sinaloa, Mexico in 2015.

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