The Athletics have drafted Max Muncy … once more.
With the twenty fifth total choose of the 2021 MLB Draft, Oakland picked up Max Muncy, a highschool shortstop from Thousand Oaks Excessive College in California. 9 years earlier, the A’s took a primary baseman out of Baylor by the identical identify: sure, Dodgers All-Star Max Muncy.
The similarities do not cease on the identify. The 2 gamers share a birthday — Aug. 25. The now-Dodgers standout was born in 1990 and the A’s draftee was born in 2002. They aren’t associated.
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There’s nonetheless extra that makes the gamers appear awfully related. The excessive schooler is 6-1, per MLB Pipeline, whereas the massive leaguer is 6-0. Each had been recognized coming into the draft as having above-average energy and positional flexibility — although the excessive schooler has an opportunity to remain at shortstop, whereas the Dodger star has break up time between first and third base, with occasional time at second.
The 2021 Athletics draft choose is probably going hoping his Oakland profession lasts just a little longer than his Dodger counterpart’s. MLB star Max Muncy was chosen within the fifth spherical of the 2012 draft however was reduce by the Athletics in April 2017. The Dodgers signed him to a minor league contract a number of weeks later and he returned to the massive leagues with them in 2018. He hit 35 house runs that 12 months and has been a mainstay with Los Angeles ever since. He has now been named an All-Star twice and gained a World Collection ring in 2020.
Thousand Oaks shortstop Max Muncy has drawn reward for his bat, with MLB Pipeline describing him as a probably common hitter with “maybe above-average energy.” The scouting web site says he might stick at shortstop however might transfer to second or third base. It in contrast him to Braves shortstop Dansby Swanson and former Rangers and Tigers second baseman Ian Kinsler.
The A’s have already had one Max Muncy and watched him change into a star in Los Angeles. They could wish to be extra affected person with the second.