Jeff Sanders of the San Diego Union Tribune reports that the Padres have promoted flame throwing 20 year old Andres Muñoz to Triple-A El Paso. Muñoz seems to have back end of the bullpen written all over him. He’s closed out games in the minors, and is striking out an absurd 18.4 per 9IP.
If he continues to dominate with the Chihuahuas, you can bet the Padres will give him a chance later this year.
He’s still just 20 years old, but he doesn’t have any limitations. Relievers aren’t subject to the same limits as starters, so it’s not unrealistic to see him at Petco Park soon.
Keep your eyes on this one Padre fans. He’s fun to watch.
“The Padres on Tuesday promoted the 20-year-old reliever to the Triple-A Pacific Coast League. In 15 games at Double-A Amarillo, Munoz — who has been clocked as high as 104 mph this year — struck out 32 batters and held opposing hitters to a .130 batting average over 15 2/3 innings (1.72 ERA).
His mid-80s slider a focus in recent weeks, Munoz had posted a 25-to-4 strikeout to walk ratio over 11 2/3 straight scoreless innings to earn the promotion.”