Yairo Munoz
24-Year-Old ShortstopSS
Paternity
Est. Return 6/20/2019
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
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$Signed with the A's for $280,000 in January of 2012.
Lands on paternity list
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Personal
June 17, 2019
Munoz was placed on the paternity list as expected Monday.
ANALYSIS
Munoz will head home to be with his newborn child. He's eligible to miss up to three days, so he'll be back in St. Louis no later than Thursday. Rangel Ravelo's contract was selected in a corresponding move.
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Batting Order Slot Breakdown
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Left/Right Batting Splits
Since 2017
 
 
+8%
OPS vs LHP
2019
 
 
+46%
OPS vs RHP
2018
 
 
+15%
OPS vs LHP
2017
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OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2017vs Left .780 119 14 3 16 1 .262 .353 .427
Since 2017vs Right .723 274 34 5 28 6 .285 .336 .387
2019vs Left .471 17 2 0 0 0 .235 .235 .235
2019vs Right .689 47 7 0 2 2 .304 .319 .370
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
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Home/Away Batting Splits
Since 2017
 
 
+14%
OPS on Road
2019
 
 
+6%
OPS at Home
2018
 
 
+19%
OPS on Road
2017
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OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2017Home .684 170 20 1 14 1 .277 .335 .348
Since 2017Away .783 223 28 7 30 6 .279 .345 .438
2019Home .652 23 3 0 0 0 .304 .304 .348
2019Away .618 41 6 0 2 2 .275 .293 .325
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
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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.

* Exit Velocity and Barrels/PA % are benchmarked against this season's data (min 100 PA) and Hard Hit Rate is benchmarked against last season's data (min 400 PA). See here for more exit velocity/barrels stats plus an explanation of current limitations with that data set.
  • BB/K
    Walk to strikeout ratio
  • BB Rate
    The percentage of plate appearances resulting in a walk.
  • K Rate
    The percentage of plate appearances resulting in a strikeout.
  • BABIP
    Batting average on balls in play. Measures how many of a batter’s balls in play go for hits.
  • ISO
    Isolated Power. Slugging percentage minus batting average. A computation used to measure a batter's raw power.
  • AVG
    Batting average. Hits divided by at bats.
  • OBP
    On Base Percentage. A measure of how often a batters reaches base. Roughly equal to number of times on base divided by plate appearances.
  • SLG
    Slugging Percentage. A measure of the batting productivity of a hitter. It is calculated as total bases divided by at bats.
  • OPS
    On base plus slugging. THe sum of a batter's on-base percentage and slugging percentage.
  • wOBA
    Weighted on-base average. Measures a player's overall offensive contributions per plate appearance. wOBA combines all the different aspects of hitting into one metric, weighting each of them in proportion to their actual run value.
  • Exit Velocity
    The speed of the baseball as it comes off the bat, immediately after a batter makes contact.
  • Hard Hit Rate
    A measure of contact quality from Sports Info Solutions. This stat explains what percentage of batted balls were hit hard vs. medium or soft.
  • Barrels/PA
    The percentage of plate appearances where a batter had a batted ball classified as a Barrel. A Barrel is a batted ball with similar exit velocity and launch angle to past ones that led to a minimum .500 batting average and 1.500 slugging percentage.
BB/K
0.06
 
BB Rate
1.6%
 
K Rate
25.0%
 
BABIP
.383
 
ISO
.048
 
AVG
.286
 
OBP
.297
 
SLG
.333
 
OPS
.630
 
wOBA
.279
 
Exit Velocity
82.5 mph
 
Hard Hit Rate
31.9%
 
Barrels/PA
1.6%
 
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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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Likely to go on paternity leave
SSSt. Louis Cardinals
Personal
June 17, 2019
The Cardinals are expected to place Munoz on the paternity list Monday, Mark Saxon of The Athletic reports.
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Produces in rare start
SSSt. Louis Cardinals
June 16, 2019
Munoz went 1-for-4 with a stolen base and a run in a loss to the Mets on Saturday.
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Not seeing much action
SSSt. Louis Cardinals
June 6, 2019
Munoz remains out of the lineup for Thursday's game against the Reds.
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Productive in loss
SSSt. Louis Cardinals
May 13, 2019
Munoz went 2-for-5 with a double and a run in a loss to the Pirates on Sunday.
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Mans leadoff spot
SSSt. Louis Cardinals
May 12, 2019
Munoz will start in center field and serve as the Cardinals' leadoff hitter Sunday against the Pirates.
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