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Monday, July 09, 2018

Olney: Max Muncy’s journey from out of MLB to out of this world

Once they got their turn, usually in the early evening, Max Muncy would take about 200 swings—four buckets of baseballs, roughly 50 balls per bucket. Then Max would throw and catch and field a few grounders, trying to stay fresh in case somebody called to offer him a job in pro ball. But as each day passed in those first weeks of April 2017, Max chatted with his father about what else might be next. He was 26 years old, after all, and had been released by the Oakland Athletics at the end of spring training. Maybe he would go back to Baylor, he said, to finish that last year of courses and get his degree in business. Maybe he would try independent ball.

Fifteen months later, Lee and Midge Muncy structure their days around the schedule of the Los Angeles Dodgers—an afternoon nap to prepare for a 10 p.m. Eastern time start—because their son got a job.

Never Give an Inge (Dave) Posted: July 09, 2018 at 01:14 AM | 10 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. Man o' Schwar Posted: July 10, 2018 at 01:00 PM (#5707758)
Things I learned today - in the minors last year, Muncy had 3 scoreless relief appearances as a pitcher for Oklahoma City.

Who's the last guy to come from completely out of nowhere like this at his advanced (relatively) age? You don't see 27-year-old players picked up off the scrap heap with no minor league track record of power, who suddenly show up and start hitting like this. And yes it's only been a couple of months, but pretty damn good months.
   2. Golfing Great Mitch Cumstein Posted: July 10, 2018 at 03:48 PM (#5707962)
The Red Sox had the Belleville Basher and that little guy who was a team manager for CS-Fullerton or someplace and hit a HR (grand slam?) in his first PA (pitch seen?).
   3. Rally Posted: July 10, 2018 at 04:07 PM (#5707987)
Last player or the last Dodger? Dodgers can start a whole infield of guys who suddenly developed power.

3B Turner
SS Taylor
2B Hernandez
1B Muncy

Taylor was 26 last year when he hit 21 homers. Before that he had hit 22 homers in 422 minor league games, and just one in 120 big league games.
   4. Never Give an Inge (Dave) Posted: July 10, 2018 at 04:15 PM (#5707993)

Muncy was a 5th round draft pick who hit 25 HR in his first full minor league season. His career resurgence is surprising but I wouldn't say he had "no minor league track record of power".
   5. Bote Man Posted: July 11, 2018 at 12:50 AM (#5708189)
Dodgers can start a whole infield of guys who suddenly developed power.

Hmmmm. Random P.E.D. testing, anyone??
   6. Jose is an Absurd Kahuna Posted: July 11, 2018 at 08:27 AM (#5708212)
that little guy who was a team manager for CS-Fullerton or someplace and hit a HR (grand slam?) in his first PA (pitch seen?).

Daniel Nava, first pitch grand slam.
   7. Jose is an Absurd Kahuna Posted: July 11, 2018 at 08:29 AM (#5708215)
Was Muncy injured or sick? As Dave points out he showed good power in 2014 then suddenly couldn't hit for a couple years. He's got good K/BB rates too. He looks like an early 2000s AAAA player who kept waiting for a shot.
   8. Rally Posted: July 11, 2018 at 08:35 AM (#5708216)
Nava's not really a little guy, listed at 5'10, 195. He had a late growth spurt, if I recall correctly he was barely over 5 feet when he was in high school. Sure, 5-10 is below average height in MLB and like many other players might be rounded up a bit, but compared to guys like Pedroia, Betts, and Bradley he looks like a giant.

Last year he hit 301/393/421 for the Phillies. Seems like the perfect match for a backup OF/1B who can pinch hit, but looks like he retired, no major or minor league stat line for 2018.
   9. bunyon Posted: July 11, 2018 at 09:05 AM (#5708221)
When I see gaps like this in "normal" careers, I sometimes do think drugs. But not performance enhancing.
   10. Crispix Attacksel Rios Posted: July 11, 2018 at 09:37 AM (#5708232)
Nava signed with the Pirates this year but then had back surgery.

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