AdministratorSeptember 3, 2020 at 5:25 pm
Max Muncy was originally drafted by the Indians in the 41st round out of Keller, Texas. He decided not to sign and instead attended Baylor University where he enjoyed a good career, hitting .311 in his 3 seasons with 27 home runs. Muncy made the All Big 12 Conference team twice.
This caught the eye of the Oakland Athletics, who drafted him in the 5th round in 2012. He made his professional debut with the Burlington Bees of the Class A Midwest League. He hit .275 in 64 games with 4 home runs. The next year he started in advanced Class A Stockton Ports before promotion to the Midland RockHounds.
2014 saw Muncy back with Midland. In 2015 he started the season in Triple-A with the Nashville Sounds. He got the call to the Majors later that year when Oakland A’s second baseman Ben Zobrist was injured. It wasn’t a great start for Max Muncy, hitting .206 in 45 games. 2016 was even rougher – in 51 games he hit just .186. The A’s released Muncy at the end of 2017 spring training.
Max Muncy Moves To The Dodgers
In late April that same year, he signed a Minor League contract with the Dodgers. They sent him to the Triple-A Oklahoma City Dodgers where Muncy thrived. While in OKC, he hit .309 with 12 home runs.
Max Muncy made his Dodgers MLB debut on April 17, 2018. He set a franchise record for fastest hitter to reach 20 home runs. That same year, he was a finalist for the last spot in the All-star game but finished in 3rd in voting. He did, however, participate in the Home Run Derby that year. He beat Javier Báez in the first round but losing in the second round to eventual champion Bryce Harper. Muncy finished the year with 35 home runs and capped off his stellar season with a memorable walk-off home run in the 18th inning of Game Three of the World Series against the Red Sox.
In 2019, despite spending time on the injured list with a wrist injury, Muncy hit 35 home runs and made his first All-Star appearance. He signed a contract extension with the Dodgers this off-season that will keep America’s Slugger in Dodger Blue for the next three years.
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