Prospect Countdown #70 : Ronald Muck

The Angels found a special guy. This prospect is possibly the best righty-on-righty matchup maker from the mound in the entire system. Top 100 Prospect Countdown, Prospect #70, Ronald Muck. (photographer : Travis Berg)


Ronald Muck


HT : 6'0
WT : 195 lb.
DOB : August 23, 1991, Park Ridge, IL
Throws : Right
Bats : Right
School : University of Illinois (Champaign, IL)
Acquired : Drafted in 30th round (899th overall) of 2014 June Draft
Stock : Neutral
Cool Notes : D.J. on the side, "DJ R3GOSUAVE"


Need a new walkout song or a setup man? Ronald Mucks has you covered. The part-time D.J. and full-time baseball player's favorite athlete is C.C. Sabathia due to his dominance on the mound. well, Ronald Muck is now a professional baller himself and is dominating right-handed bats at the lower levels of the Los Angeles Angels farm system.


SCOUTING REPORT:

Muck is an athlete, being a five letter athlete in high school, playing baseball and football. He has used this on the mound to his advantage, being able to use his entire body through his mechanics.

One of the quirks to Muck's delivery is a slight stall during his leg kick. He comes from a full delivery, and brings his glove and leg up at the same time, before a strong stride forward with his full body. This allows him to maintain both velocity and command, while also adding deceptiveness.

Muck's fastball sits in the 92-94 range, and is naturally a cut fastball. This allows batters to be fooled slightly by the movement, and it provides weak contact with pitching in the lefties and outside to right-handed bats.

As of right now, our scouting report is not full, due to our lack of knowledge on Muck's off-speed pitches. We do know he has a slight slurve-ish type pitch, that could either be a slow slider with late downward break, or a fringy curveball.


STATISTICAL BREAKDOWN:

Muck was a three-letter pitcher at Maine South High School, breaking the school single-season record of 98 strikeouts in his junior season, and threw a perfect game and posted a 0.77 ERA in his sophomore season, the same year he helped lead the school to a Regional Championship. In his senior season, Muck posted a 12-4 record, 2.48 ERA, and 113 strikeouts in 80 innings of work. This came with a .370 batting average with six home runs and 38 runs batted in, helping lead his team to a Maine South sectional title.

Muck has multiple accolades during his high school career, including being named the Pioneer Press North Stars Player of the Year in 2010, Bugle Newspaper Male Athlete of the Year in 2010, All-Area selection by the Chicago Sun-Times from 2008-10, and All-Central Suburban Conference pitcher in both 2008 and 2009. Muck was named the number 38 prospect in Illinois by Prep Baseball Report.

Muck's freshman year at Illinois was brief, pitching in just nine appearances, four that went scorless. He finished with a 4.50 ERA with one save in 10 innings pitched. Muck finished his junior season with a 3-1 record, two saves, and 2.70 ERA. Over 26.2 innings pitched, Muck struck out 19, and walked nine. His ERA was the second lowest in the Fighting Illini bullpen.

Muck finished his college career with a 3.38 ERA, and 1-4 record. Muck shut down bats with a .196 against average, and a .132 against average in Big Ten games. Muck struck out 27 over 32 innings of work, including six in one game against Nebraska on May 16th.

After being drafted, Muck went straight to Rookie Ball, where he put together eight strong performances, five that went scoreless. Muck allowed three runs in 14.2 innings of work, and striking out 23 for an average of 14.11 per nine. Right handed bats were limited to going 4-for-33. Muck struck out 17 of the 34 right-handed batters he faced in Rookie Ball.

Muck earned himself a callup to Low-A, where he struggled continued to pitch well against tougher competition. He finished the season posting a 4.64 ERA, mostly due to a four run outing. Muck continued to strikeout as many guys as possible, keeping his aggressive path with 25 strikeouts in 21.1 innings pitched.


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EXPECTED FUTURE:

Muck spent limited time as a professional, but landed in Class-A where he excelled. This makes us believe a second season, and possibly a full one with the Burlington Bees will be the case for Muck in 2015.

Muck is progressing well, and didn't stop against tougher competition. With a strong season in 2015, more will be known about Muck, and an ETA for the Majors can be properly made.




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