MORGANTOWN, W.Va–Former West Virginia shortstop Taylor Munden was drafted in the 27th round by the Miami Marlins earlier this month on the final day of the MLB draft, but the former Mountaineer star is already moving up in the ranks.
Munden was sent to the Short Season Class A affiliate of the Marlins, the Batavia Muckdogs, to begin his professional career, but he was promoted to Single-A, the Greensboro Grasshoppers, on Friday.
Munden will be making his way back to the Mountain State to join his new teammates on the road in Charleston this weekend, as they take on the Pittsburgh Pirates’ Single-A affiliate, the Charleston Power.
The Lewisburg, Texas native was batting just .158 with one double in six games with the Muckdogs.
On Wednesday night, Munden was a part of history as three Muckdogs’ pitchers combined for the team’s first perfect game in team history in a 1-0 win over Mahoning Valley.
The only run came in second inning courtesy of a Munden double.
The reigning Big-12 home run king had a stellar senior season with the Mountaineers. He led the Big 12 with 11 home runs and the shortstop earned the No. 1 spot on ESPN’s Sports Center for his Top 10 play on April 3 against Kansas State.