MLB's Diamondbacks Draft Munson

By: Damon Dillman Email
By: Damon Dillman Email

The wait was a little longer than James Madison's Kevin Munson was hoping.

But the stress of Tuesday's second day of the major league draft disappeared the moment Munson's name appeared on the television screen.

Munson, the Dukes' all-time saves leader, was taken by the Arizona Diamondbacks in the fourth round, pick No. 121 overall.

"It was a relief, man. I've been waiting for a while, and it was good to see," Munson said. "It was pretty exciting.

"I've been working a long time the chance to play at the next level," he added, "and it's really exciting to have that hard work pay off a little bit."

As a junior this spring, Munson was named CAA pitcher of the year after leading the conference in wins (eight), ERA (1.64), and saves (10).

His 23 career saves are the best in JMU history.

Munson admitted he expected to be off the board by Round 4, hoping to go as early as the second round or even Monday's supplemental round.

"It was interesting how it played out. A lot of high school guys went; a lot of teams went in that direction," he said. "But I'm still really excited to get picked up."

Munson also didn't anticipate Arizona being the team to take him.

"I felt pretty good about the Blue Jays or the Red Sox. I talked to the Diamondbacks a little bit, but I hadn't heard from them for a while," he said. "So it was kind of a surprise."

Munson said he spoke with a Diamondbacks team representative shortly after being selected and was told a team scout would visit him next week.

"I think I'll probably end up signing for around the slot money that they offer. I don't plan on sitting around and trying to get extra money out of the team," Munson said. "I'm ready to get my pro career started."


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