Muno Excited For New Season

Muno wants to rebound offensively in 2013

Infielder Daniel Muno had just come off of a tremendous debut season in 2011 with the Brooklyn Cyclones that saw him hit .355 when he got off to a solid start with St. Lucie last season, hitting .283 with five home runs in his first 38 games. However, served with a 50-game suspension in mid-May for testing positive for a metabolite of Drostanolone, he's ready to put last year behind him.

"It was definitely disappointing," he admitted. "It was a sad time in my life but it was a mistake and I learned from it. Overall it has helped me become a better person and realize the morals in life. I'm just using it as learning lesson and a positive pretty much."

Muno was able to get back into the swing of things last year behind the scenes before returning to official game action in July.

"I did, I worked real hard with the Extended Spring Training players and some of the coordinators. It wasn't necessarily hard but it was mentally tough, but it made me a better person coming out of it and I'm looking forward to this year."

He finished his first full season hitting .280 overall with six home runs, 19 stolen bases, and 50 walks in just 81 Florida State League games after skipping the low-A level entirely.

"It didn't feel like it went the best," he said. "I definitely could have done some things better. I could have had a higher average but overall it was a pretty good season. I was a little bit tight I could say.

"I wasn't as loose in my swing as I normally am and I could have made a few more adjustments. This year I've made those adjustments and I'm looking forward to having a productive year like I did in my first year."

While the home runs were up from the previous year, his doubles were down pretty significantly, hitting seven less despite playing in 22 more games.

"I want to get back to line-drives," he said. "That's my game, getting on base. I'm not really a power guy, more gap to gap and hitting doubles is my game."

Defensively he went from playing primarily shortstop in Brooklyn two years ago to mostly playing second base with St. Lucie in 2012, and he can even play some hot corner too.

"The Mets say 'keep all three options open and that'll be your best asset, being able to play all three', kind of that super-utility role. I don't mind it at all. My whole goal is just to help the team win and do whatever I can do to achieve that.

"I don't mind second base, I can pretty much play anywhere in the infield; short, second, or third. I'll play anywhere in the infield wherever the team needs me. I'm pretty comfortable wherever I go.

"I played all three in college so I've definitely got a bunch of games under my belt at all three positions so I'm pretty much getting repetitions in practice and working hard is pretty much all I need to focus on."

Quite comfortable in the field, it's on the offensive side where he wants to step things up. He says he has been working on his flexibility and his speed in an effort to steal even more bases in 2013, and he wants to get back to driving balls into the gaps.

Feeling good these days as he gets set to head to St. Lucie for Spring Training, Muno is just ready to put the past behind him and look forward to the immediate future.

"I'm really excited for this year and for what it has to come and offer because my body is feeling where it needs to be, and my swing feels where it needs to be so I'm just excited to be able to go out and put up some of the numbers that I did the first year [in Brooklyn]," he concluded.

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