During Wednesday night’s game, there were plenty of Dodgers fans asking who is Max Muncy? In his first start with the Dodgers, this season, Muncy hit a two-run home run as part of the Dodgers offensive barrage.
The Dodgers have once again turned to the Andrew Friedman fountain of depth in order to try and survive without all-star Justin Turner. This time the Dodgers are calling on infielder Max Muncy. One question I saw many fans asking on Twitter Wednesday night, was who is Max Muncy? It didn’t take long for Muncy to introduce himself to Dodgers fans as he hit a two-run home run off Luis Perdomo.
Max Muncy was a fifth-round pick in 2012 as he was drafted by the Oakland Athletics. Muncy played a few seasons in the minor leagues and made his big league debut in April of 2015. In his brief major league stints with the A’s, Muncy did not do well at all as he hit .206 in 2015 and .186 in 2016. Neither big league stint was very long as Muncy received just over 100 bats in both 2015 and 2016.
Last season, Max signed a minor league deal with the Dodgers and spent all of the 2017 minor league season with the Triple-A Oklahoma City Dodgers. At Oklahoma City, Muncy put together a solid season as he hit .309 with 12 home runs and posted a .905 OPS. This season the Dodgers still held Muncy’s rights and invited him to spring training as a non-roster invitee.
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This spring, Muncy only received fourteen spring training at-bats with the Dodgers and apparently did enough to catch the eye of the Dodgers front office. He hit .286 including two doubles and one RBI. He did only strike out twice and is very versatile which is a characteristic that the Dodgers front office seems to love in their players.
Speaking of versatility, Max Muncy played every position for the Oklahoma City Dodgers last season with the exception of shortstop, catcher, and centerfield. Muncy even 2 1/3 innings for Oklahoma City last season and allowed just two hits and no runs. How’s that for versatility?
While mad Max can play all over the field, he is listed as a third baseman by trade and is better suited to play third base, first base, and left field. Those are the positions that you should expect him to play while he is with the Dodgers. Muncy is supposed to start on Friday against Max Scherzer so tune in Friday for a battle of the two Max’s.
The Dodgers made a minor move on Wednesday as it appears they have signed Cuban left-hander Darien Nuñez. Nuñez appeared with the Cuban World Baseball Classic squad at the age of twenty and can reach 95 miles per hour on his fastball. He also features a changeup, curveball, and a sinker. It’s not yet clear which minor league team Darien will start out with.