By Jerry Del Priore
The Southern Maryland Blue Crabs announced on Tuesday that they have inked ex-Brooklyn Cyclone and New York Met infielder Danny Muno to a contract for the 2017 campaign. This year will be Muno’s first season in the Atlantic League.
Muno, 28, had signed with the Detroit Tigers in Spring Training, but was cut.
After the Mets selected him in the eighth round of the 2011 MLB draft, the Long Beach, Cali., native raked to the tune of .355 with two homers and 24 RBI along with an impressive .466 on-base percentage and 22 doubles in 220 at-bats in 59 games with Brooklyn.
In addition, he made the New York-Penn League All-Star team that season, and New York named him as the Sterling Award winner for the Cyclones, symbolic of the team’s MVP.
But the six-foot-one switch hitter received a 50-game suspension after testing positive for a metabolite of Drostanolone, an anabolic-androgenic steroid (AAS) in 2012.
Muno made his major league debut with New York on April 17, 2015. He played in 17 tilts with the Mets that same year.
The Fresno State University product spent the 2016 campaign with three different minor league teams, including Triple-A Las Vegas of the Pacific Coast League (Mets), Double-A Jacksonville Jumbo Shrimp of the Southern League (Miami Marlins), and Triple-A Charlotte Knights of the International League (Chicago White Sox).