Prospect Profile: Anderson Munoz – RHP


The Yankees signed right-handed pitcher Anderson Munoz as a minor league free agent on April 12, 2018, after the Minnesota Twins released him.  He was initially signed by the twins as an international free agent on March 23, 2017.

Clearwater, FL – JUN 19: Anderson Munoz (16) of the Yankees delivers a pitch to the plate during the Gulf Coast League (GCL) game between the GCL Yankees East and the GCL Phillies West on June 19, 2018, at the Carpenter Complex in Clearwater, FL. (Photo by Cliff Welch/Icon Sportswire) (Icon Sportswire via AP Images)

2017

Munoz was assigned to the roster of the Dominican Summer League Twins in 2017 but did not appear in a game.

2018

The Twins released Munoz on April 1, 2018, and the Yankees did not waste any time, signing him on April 12.  He was then assigned to the Gulf Coast League Yankees on June 1 where he made his professional debut.

With the GCL Yankees East team, he went 1-5 with a 5.20 ERA over 11 games, nine starts, with 38 strikeouts in 36 1/3 innings of work.

Munoz went to the annual instructional league after the season, to further refine his pitching before heading home to Venezuela.  He went to pitch for Aguilas del Zulia of the Venezuelan Winter League.  For Zulia, he went 2-1 with a 2.37 ERA over 15 games out of the bullpen, throwing a total of 19 innings and striking out 17 batters.

Scouting Report

Much like Jonathan Loaisiga, Anderson Munoz is an undersized pitcher listed only as being 5-foot 8-inches tall while weighing in at 158.  He packs a lot of velocity in his arm despite being shorter than many other pitchers.  His fastball sat 93-95 miles per hour, topping out at 96 at times.

He produced good spin rates on his curveball, which he throws in the 78-78-81 miles per hour range. His third pitch is a changeup that is usually thrown in the high-80s.  Control has been a big issue for him in his short professional career, he walked 26 batters with the GCL Yankees.  He is still very law and needs to find consistency but could be another diamond in the rough find for the Yankees pro scouting department.

2019 Outlook

Munoz will likely spend his age 20 season with either the Pulaski Yankees or the Staten Island Yankees.  He will likely remain in the starting rotation for the time being.