This announcement knocks out a significant piece of the Friars’ bullpen picture. Munoz, 21, turned in 23 innings of 3.91 ERA ball last year. He racked up 11.7 K/9 against 4.3 BB/9 in his debut effort.
Munoz features a pure power arsenal that’s the stuff of scouts’ dreams. He averaged triple digits with the fastball last year, throwing it at a 2:1 ratio with his slider. MLB hitters swung and missed at 15.6% of the pitches Munoz delivered.
Lawson, a 2016 second-rounder, dealt with elbow issues last year, so this isn’t exactly coming out of nowhere. But it’s still a disappointment, as he produced an abundance of strikeout sin his six Double-A starts and mowed through Arizona Fall League competition (14:2 K/BB ratio, three hits in 11 innings).