Counting Down Rockies Top 30: No. 11 Brian Mundell
11. Brian Mundell, 1B
Born: 2/28/1994. B-T: R-R. Ht.: 6-3. Wt.: 230. Drafted: Cal Poly San Luis Obispo 2015 (7th round. Signed by: Matt Hattabaugh.
Mundell was seemingly an afterthought in college, primarily being used as a DH, catching a bit and playing some first base, and most of all hitting. The bat got the attention of the Rockies, who made him the first college player they selected in 2015. They got more than they could have bargained for. Mundell has hit, as expected, but also has settled in a first base, and most of all has provided a very strong clubhouse influence. Spending the entire 2016 season at low-A Ashville he set a modern-day minor-league record with 59 doubles, and followed that up by splitting 2017 at High-A Lancaster, and Double-A Hartford without missing a beat, hitting a combined .300 and driving in 78 runs. He has power potential to go with what is a very disciplined approach, making hard contact and driving the ball the opposite way. Once he makes adjustments and starts to turn on pitches home runs figure to come. He has soft hands and instincts at first base, even though he had only limited time at the position before pro ball.