2022 Pre-Season SF Giants Prospects: 30-21
23. Ismael Munguia
Weight: 158 lbs.
Projected Level: Richmond (Double-A)
MLB ETA: 2023
Tool Grades: (Present/Future)
Hit 40/60 | Raw Power 40/40 | Game Power 30/40 | Speed 55/55 | Arm 45/45 | Field 50/55
PV 30 | FV 40
Munguia entered the 2021 season with little to no fanfare but is a favorite in the clubhouse with his energy and passion for the game. After the season is over though, Munguia has made himself a legitimate prospect as he won the High-A West batting title and tripled the number of home runs he hit this season compared to his previous four professional seasons combined.
A focus for Munguia during the quarantine was to improve his strength considerably and drive the ball with more authority. The result is a phenomenal season for the Nicaraguan native as he showed the ability to turn on inside pitches and put the ball over the fence while maintaining his trademark high-contact, low-whiff ability who can hit from line to line. Munguia has a small stature that results in a smaller strike zone that he fully takes advantage of, with impressive plate coverage and innate bat-to-ball skills. With Munguia gaining considerable amounts of muscle, he has lost a step, but he improved his base stealing and his reads in the outfield that allows him to do the fundamental and flashes some spectacular ability.
Even after a big jump in the power department, Munguia still projects as a hit-over-power outfielder who has to continue to hit to make it to the big leagues. Munguia is likely a second-division regular where he will get pinch-hitting and pinch-running opportunities while being a solid defensive replacement. However, he earns the respect of his teammates due to the high energy and passion that he brings to the field.