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4.121 Arizona Diamondbacks - Kevin Munson, RHP, James Madison

The Diamondbacks spent the 121st overall pick on Kevin Munson.

Follow the jump for his pre-draft report.

Kevin Munson   Position: RHP   School: James Madison   State: VA   Year: Jr.   Height: 6’2’’   Weight: 200

Birth Date: 1/3/89   Seiler Rating: 1C4   Last Drafted: Never

 

Year

W

L

ERA

G

GS

SV

IP

H

R

ER

HR

BB

SO

2008

2

0

2.84

21

0

4

31.2

24

11

10

0

9

34

2009

3

3

2.85

24

0

9

47.1

38

17

15

2

23

67

2010

8

1

1.64

28

0

10

55.0

33

13

10

2

24

70


Kevin Munson is a solid right-handed relief pitcher from James Madison University in Virginia. Munson originally came to James Madison from Cave Spring High School in Roanoke, Virginia. He wasn’t much of a prospect coming out of high school, and that was due to the fact that he came out primarily as a catcher. However, the James Madison coaching staff saw his future primarily as a late-inning relief arm, and he has just finished his third year as the closer for that squad. As one of the more accomplished relief arms with a track record of success in this draft, scouts have taken a liking to him, and he has the upside of a solid setup man out of the bullpen. His fastball is a solid-average pitch with above-average movement, and it usually sits 91-93, touching 94-95 at times. That limited velocity is what limits his overall ceiling, but he’s shown enough polish with it to believe that he can pitch off of it against wood bats. His second pitch is a plus slider that he commands well, and when paired with his fastball, it’s hard to really make hard contact when hitters only see him once each day. With a strong arm and two good pitches, it’s easy to see why scouts think he’ll succeed at pro ball, and he’s one of a number of pitchers whose college stats might be worse than their future pro stats, as his fastball moves enough to break wood bats instead of allowing bloop hits. He has a chance to go off the board in the second round, and he shouldn’t last through the end of the fourth round. He should be signable as a college junior with nothing left to prove.