AB 1056
AVG .214
OBP .289
SLG .394
HR 49
  • Full name Eric Walter Munson
  • Born 10/03/1977 in San Diego, CA
  • Profile Ht.: 6'3" / Wt.: 220 / Bats: L / Throws: R
  • School Southern California
  • Debut 07/18/2000
  • Drafted in the 1st round (3rd overall) by the Detroit Tigers in 1999 (signed for $3,500,000).
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    The jury is still out on whether Eric Munson will remain behind the plate in pro ball. He's got the arm for the position but struggles with his footwork and accuracy and is not a quality receiver. Blocking is the weakest part of his game. It's possible he will end up at first base but that won't jeopardize his draft position. The Tigers, with the third pick, have locked in on Munson's bat and are unconcerned that his catching skills are suspect. He should reach the big leagues quickly regardless of what position he plays. Scouts say he's more advanced at the same stage than former UCLA third baseman Troy Glaus, the third pick in the 1997 draft who reached the big leagues in his first professional season. He has outstanding power and can handle hard stuff or soft stuff equally well. Munson had a bull's-eye on his back from the start of the season. He started on fire and pressed a bit as his team, ranked No. 1 in the preseason, struggled. Then he was sidelined for several weeks with a broken hand that came when he was crossed up on a pitch. He returned to action three weeks before the draft and stamped himself fit.

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  • Rated Best Defensive 1B in the International League in 2002
  • Rated Best Power Hitter in the Detroit Tigers in 2001

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