- Full name Brian Andrew Mundell
- Born 02/28/1994 in Santa Clarita, CA
- Profile Ht.: 6'3" / Wt.: 223 / Bats: R / Throws: R
- School Cal Poly San Luis Obispo
Drafted in the 7th round (197th overall) by the Colorado Rockies in 2015 (signed for $185,000).
View Draft ReportMundell cracked 11 home runs in 2013 as a freshman for the Mustangs, mostly as a DH but at times as a catcher. He had hit just nine home runs in the following two seasons, though, and moved down the defensive spectrum to first base. Mundell has the bat speed to hit good fastballs, though, with plus raw power that he doesn't get to consistently. He had some hamstring issues that slowed him early in the season.
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Track Record: The first college player the Rockies drafted in 2015, Mundell has shed the DH label he carried in college, settling in at first base in pro ball. After splitting his 2017 season between high Class A Lancaster and Double-A Hartford in 2017, Mundell put in a full season at Hartford in 2018. As much as he is a factor in the lineup, Mundell is big in the clubhouse, where he takes on an elder statesmen role that belies the fact he is still 25.
Scouting Report: The biggest surprise from Mudnell's college days is how well he has handled the defensive chores at first base. He has a good feel at the plate but has yet to make that next adjustment to turn his ability to make contact into home run power, having hit just 40 home runs in four pro seasons that included seven to go with a .372 slugging percentage at Double-A in 2018.
The Future: Mundell needs to make the next step in terms of power. To get a regular shot in the big leagues, particularly in Coors Field, home runs are a part of the package. He makes enough contract and drives the ball into allies, so the adjustment to turn on a pitch should be something he can handle.
Mundell moved around a bit in college––primarily used as a DH, but also catching a bit and playing some first base. Most of all, he hit. His bat caught the attention of the Rockies, and they made him the first college position player they drafted in 2015. They got more than they bargained for. Mundell set a modern-day minor-league record with 59 doubles at low Class Asheville in 2016, and followed it up by hitting a combined .300 with 15 homers, 78 RBIs and an .857 OPS between at High-A Lancaster and Double-A Hartford in 2017. Mundell has power potential to go with what is a very disciplined approach, making hard contact and driving the ball the opposite way. Once he makes adjustments and starts to turn on pitches, more home runs figure to come. He has settled in at first base with soft hands and instincts, even though he had only limited time at the position before pro ball. Further, Mundell has provided a very strong clubhouse influence as a true leader. Mundell will have to continue to hit as a first base-only prospect, but that's never been a problem. He has a chance to post huge numbers at Triple-A Albuquerque in 2017.
Mundell, a seventh-round pick, was the first college player the Rockies selected in the 2015 draft. A catcher as a freshman, he played mostly DH and first base the next two years and has to hit to be a prospect. So far, he has done just that while also improving defensively. After leading all short-season Northwest League first basemen with 11 errors in 2015, he made big strides at low Class A Asheville in 2016. He is such a team leader that the Rockies left him in the South Atlantic League for the entire season, even though his numbers argued for a promotion. Mundell took advantage of the opportunity by hitting 59 doubles, the most by a minor leaguer since the minors reorganized in 1963. He drives the ball to all fields, has a simple, repeatable swing and has above-average power to go with a good feel for hitting. He has a confidence that led him during spring training to mention to farm director Zach Wilson that he liked Wilson's pullover. In late April, he suggested to Wilson that if he won the MVP award in the SAL that he should get one of the pullovers. Wilson agreed and also upped the ante. He would get pullovers for every member of the team. At season's end, after Mundell won the award, he handed Wilson a list with the shirt size of every Tourists player.