Purple Sox Signal Yairo Munoz
The Purple Sox have signed utility participant Yairo Munoz to a minor league contract, based on their transactions web page. The membership assigned Munoz to Triple-A Pawtucket.
Munoz got here accessible when the Cardinals launched him March 7. The 2 sides’ relationship took an particularly bitter flip when Munoz, upset by the dearth of enjoying time he obtained final season, flew residence from spring coaching with out informing the Cardinals. Supervisor Mike Shildt advised then that Munoz, who was additionally coping with a hamstring damage, would have been in place to earn an Opening Day roster spot in St. Louis had he caught round. As a substitute, although, if we even get a baseball season in 2020, Munoz must work his approach again through Boston’s minor league system.
Now 25 years previous, Munoz was an efficient hitter off the bench for the Cardinals when he debuted in 2018. He was a .276/.350/.413 batter with eight residence runs and 5 stolen bases throughout 329 plate appearances that yr. Nevertheless, his manufacturing tanked throughout a 2019 marketing campaign through which he slashed .267/.298/.355 with a pair of homers and eight steals in 181 PA. Munoz’s stroll price dropped by nearly 6 %, one of many causes he wasn’t in a position to replicate his profitable rookie exhibiting.
Regardless of final yr’s struggles on the plate, Munoz does no less than deliver defensive versatility to the desk. He has amassed 20 or extra lifetime appearances at three infield spots (shortstop, third and second) and has totaled double-digit video games in any respect three outfield positions. The Purple Sox are clearly set at third (Rafael Devers) and quick (Xander Bogaerts), however Munoz may nonetheless see motion elsewhere if he does land a spot on their roster someday in 2020.