Yairo Munoz
24-Year-Old ShortstopSS
2019 Fantasy Outlook
Acquired in the Stephen Piscotty trade prior to last season, Munoz opened the year on the Cardinals' major-league roster and stuck there for much of the season, hitting .276/.350/.413 in 329 plate appearances. That was good for a 106 wRC+, but his glove graded out poorly by UZR and DRS at both shortstop and second base. His profile isn't particularly exciting from a fantasy perspective, as he managed just eight homers and five steals, and his overall performance was in line with prospect reports which had him as a role player. There's a spot for that player both in real life and in certain fantasy settings, as Munoz can fill in at several different roster spots and not tank any categories. Just know that his modest prospect pedigree doesn't suggest a ton of upside, and a part-time role is likely in the cards again this season. Read Past Outlooks
$Signed with the A's for $280,000 in January of 2012.
Returns to action
SSSt. Louis Cardinals
March 6, 2019
Munoz (wrist) came off the bench for Wednesday's 9-5 exhibition win over the Yankees, recording a base hit in his lone at-bat.
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Munoz subbed in late in the contest and saw action at both middle-infield spots in addition to making a plate appearance. The 24-year-old had been held out of action for the previous three days while recovering from the bruised wrist he sustained when he was hit by a pitch Saturday.
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Left/Right Batting Splits
Since 2016
 
 
+15%
OPS vs LHP
2018
 
 
+15%
OPS vs LHP
2017
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2016
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OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2016vs Left .838 102 12 3 16 1 .267 .373 .465
Since 2016vs Right .731 227 27 5 26 4 .280 .339 .391
2018vs Left .838 102 12 3 16 1 .267 .373 .465
2018vs Right .731 227 27 5 26 4 .280 .339 .391
2017vs Left 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2017vs Right 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2016vs Left 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2016vs Right 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
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Home/Away Batting Splits
Since 2016
 
 
+19%
OPS on Road
2018
 
 
+19%
OPS on Road
2017
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2016
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OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2016Home .689 147 17 1 14 1 .273 .340 .348
Since 2016Away .823 182 22 7 28 4 .280 .357 .466
2018Home .689 147 17 1 14 1 .273 .340 .348
2018Away .823 182 22 7 28 4 .280 .357 .466
2017Home 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2017Away 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2016Home 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2016Away 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
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Stat Review
How does Yairo Munoz compare to other hitters?
This section compares his stats with all batting seasons from the previous three seasons (minimum 400 plate appearances). The bar represents the player's percentile rank. For example, if the bar is halfway across, then the player falls into the 50th percentile for that stat and it would be considered average.
BB/K
0.42
 
BB Rate
9.1%
 
K Rate
21.6%
 
BABIP
.338
 
ISO
.137
 
AVG
.276
 
OBP
.350
 
SLG
.413
 
OPS
.763
 
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
2018
2017
Prior to a December trade that sent Stephen Piscotty to the A's, the Cardinals seemingly had endless close-to-the-majors outfielders and between one and zero MLB-caliber defensive shortstops. Enter Munoz, whom the Cardinals received from Oakland, along with Max Schrock. He may never hit enough to be an everyday player, but he has the glove to handle the six, and is also capable of playing second base and third base. In addition to his defensive chops on the dirt, Munoz fills another need for the Cardinals with above-average speed on the bases. He has hit for power at times in the minors, most notably last year at Double-A when he posted a .216 ISO, but he is unlikely to hit many over the fence in the majors without really compromising his approach. With 272 plate appearances under his belt at Triple-A, the 23-year-old is close to being ready to fill a bench role for the big club. His speed makes him interesting in really deep leagues, as his defense could earn him at-bats if Paul DeJong regresses.
After slashing .320/.372/.480 in the High-A California League in 2015, Munoz was promoted to Double-A Midland. He struggled to find his form, slashing .240/.286/.367 in 102 games with the Rockhounds. Although it was a down season for Munoz, the good news is the glove-first player is still just 21 years old. He made the majority of his starts in 2016 at shortstop, but he also started more than 20 games at second and third base. His true utility-man status makes him a valuable prospect, something the A's have acknowledged by adding him to their 40-man roster. Although he isn't major league ready, Oakland's decision shows how much raw talent the young utility-man possesses. He will likely start off again in Double-A, hoping to settle in and regain his swing before a Triple-A Nashville promotion.
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Sits after HBP
SSSt. Louis Cardinals
Wrist
March 3, 2019
Munoz (wrist) is not in the lineup for Sunday's game against the Mets.
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X-rays negative
SSSt. Louis Cardinals
Wrist
March 2, 2019
Munoz does not have a fractured wrist according to X-rays taken Saturday, Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports.
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Getting X-rays on wrist
SSSt. Louis Cardinals
Wrist
March 2, 2019
Munoz left Saturday's game against the Marlins after getting hit on the wrist by a pitch, Rob Rains of StLSportsPage.com reports.
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Drives in three
SSSt. Louis Cardinals
September 30, 2018
Munoz went 1-for-3 with a walk and three RBI on Sunday against the Cubs.
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Timely hitting in win
SSSt. Louis Cardinals
September 24, 2018
Munoz went 2-for-4 with a pair of RBI singles and a run in a win over the Giants on Sunday.
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