Dec 12, 2013, 1:57 PM EDT
As Major League Baseball’s Winter Meetings came to a close on Thursday, former James Madison standout pitcher Kevin Munson heard his named called and was selected by the Philadelphia Phillies in the MLB Rule V Draft.
This past season, Munson, a product of the Arizona Diamondbacks’ farms system, spent the majority of the year playing Class Double-A ball for the Mobile Bears. With Mobile, he registered a 2-2 record witha 3.41 ERA to go along with 13 saves over 29 appearances. He was later promoted to Triple-A Reno, where he tossed 23 innings and had a 5.09 ERA.
As a Rule V selection, Philadelphia must keep Munson on its 25-man roster in the Major Leagues for the entire upcoming season. To remove him from the roster he must either be offered back to the Diamondbacks or the teams must complete a trade in order for the Phillies to send him to the Minor Leagues while maintaining his rights. The right-hander found out via Twitter, according to the Dukes’ sports communications department and has been playing with Arizona’s Mexican League club this winter for Naranjeros de Hermosillo.
“Obviously, I’m very thankful for the opportunity with the Diamondbacks, but I’m looking forward to this new opportunity with the Phillies,” Munson said on JMUSports.com. “I’m excited to be back on the East Coast. It’s been fun to hear from a lot of the JMU baseball guys, other JMU friends and my family. Hopefully I’ll have a good spring training and make the team.”
During his time in Harrisonburg, Munson was one of the CAA’s top closers. He still holds JMU records for career saves (23) and season saves (10) and ranks third in career ERA with a mark of 2.35. The 2010 CAA Pitcher of the Year, Munson collected Third-Team All-American honors after posting an 8-1 record with 10 saves, 70 strikeouts and a solid, 1.64 earned run average.
“It’s a great opportunity,” said JMU coach Spanky McFarland also on JMUSports.com. “He’s been on the fringe for the last couple of years, so this might give him the opportunity to make a roster and stick. So it’s pretty exciting for him and his family as well as exciting for us and the JMU baseball community. He’ll be a lot closer to home if he does make it.”
Over four professional seasons, the 24-year old owns a 11-12 record with a 4.42 ERA in 154 minor-league appearances, all in relief. He’s struck out 225 batters as well.
Munson, an Edison, N.J. native, was a former fourth-round pick of the Diamondbacks in 2010. Munson took to Twitter Thursday and wittingly tweeted – “I like cheesesteaks.”
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