Dodgers: Expert mock draft projects LAD to take player with perfect name

Adam Weinrib
Dodgers first baseman Max Muncy (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)
Dodgers first baseman Max Muncy (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images) /
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How is this possible? This cannot be possible, right?

Oh, but it is. It is. On MLB Draft day, the Los Angeles Dodgers really might be in prime position to select a top prospect with the exact same name as one of their current stars.

And the positional fit’s there, too! It works on every level, and frankly, we’re going to be disappointed if it doesn’t occur.

The experts over at FanGraphs went as far as to project the pick in their latest mock draft, which dropped on Tuesday ahead of the action on Sunday.

Trust us when we say we thought we were completely ready for whoever the Dodgers selected on Sunday. Another projectable rotation/bullpen option from the college ranks at the back end of the first round? Maybe an elite college bat whose only flaw is a lack of a defined position? Sure. Seen it all before.

But trust us, we will not be prepared for the Dodgers to select a shortstop literally named MAX MUNCY, even though FanGraphs has so helpfully prepared us for the possible occasion.

Will the Dodgers really draft a prospect named Max Muncy?

This is a simulation and we would like to step out of it for a second, please.

Now, FanGraphs didn’t absolutely assure us Muncy would be the pick at 29. They took a reasoned approach to the whole process by declaring that the Dodgers were eyeing any number of high school infielders, presenting the options to all of us, then gifting them with Muncy simply because it would be more fun/he’ll likely end up somewhere near LA’s pick anyway.

Quoth FanGraphs, you can keep an eye out for the following infielders too, if you’d like to be a buzzkill:

"This last pick of the first round might be a good value spot for Jud Fabian, but the Dodgers still feel burned after taking a high-whiff, toolsy college outfielder in Jeren Kendall with their first-round pick in 2017. Rumors say the club has been busy lining up the bevy of high school infielders who could go between 20 and 40, including Wes Kath, Isaac Pacheco, Peyton Stovall and Carson Williams. Let’s face it, by the time you get to end of first round, we are playing an educated guessing game, and it’s just too much damn fun to give them another dude named Max Muncy, who will likely go in this range."

This Muncy’s a California boy, too, hailing from Thousand Oaks HS. You think he doesn’t want this?! He has to want this.

… unless he’d prefer to get the hell out of California after emerging on the elite prospect circuit at the exact same time as the elder Muncy was slugging down the road. Come to think of it, playing professional baseball very quietly in Curacao or something might be a preferable fate.

Look, the Dodgers have the final pick of the first round. Tough to complain about that. That’s the beautiful thing about winning the World Series.

We would like to see the resulting chaos from selecting a second Max Muncy, though. Dual press conferences. Endless t-shirt options. Confusing box scores for years.

If the second Muncy also owns the Giants, though, then things will get really eerie.

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