4. Max Muncy
Max Muncy suffered the worst kind of freak injury that a first baseman possibly could on the last day of the 2021 season. Muncy reached out to field a throw when Brewers infielder Jace Peterson inadvertently crashed into his left arm, tearing Muncy’s UCL.
Muncy made a quick recovery and was ready for the start of the 2022 season, but started off ice cold. The former All-Star had a quick stint on the IL and later admitted that he regretted rushing back from his UCL injury.
This season has been Muncy’s worst since joining the Dodgers, as he’s slashing .160/.316/.315 with only nine home runs and 30 RBI. The lack of power is the most concerning thing for Muncy right now as his slugging percentage has dropped 200 points from last season.
The most intriguing thing about Muncy thus far is that the walk artist is actually walking more than he ever has in his career. Muncy’s walk rate is 18.5% this season, which is 4.5% higher than it was last year.
His strikeout rate isn’t far from the norm, either. While it’s higher than last season, Muncy’s 24.2% strikeout rate is only 0.3% higher than his career average.
It really is the lack of power for Muncy, and that can be directly tied to his arm injury from last season. Hopefully, the time off can help him get in a good mindset and allow him to flip his season in the second half.