The Athletics have drafted Max Muncy … once more.
With the 25th overall pick 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 title: sure, Dodgers All-Star Max Muncy.
The similarities do not cease on the title. 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 don’t seem to be associated.
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There’s nonetheless extra that makes the gamers appear awfully comparable. The excessive schooler is 6-1, per MLB Pipeline, while the big 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 cut 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 slightly longer than his Dodger counterpart’s. MLB star Max Muncy was chosen within the fifth spherical of the 2012 draft however was minimize by the Athletics in April 2017. The Dodgers signed him to a minor league contract a couple of weeks later and he returned to the large leagues with them in 2018. He hit 35 residence runs that yr 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 doubtlessly common hitter with “maybe above-average energy.” The scouting website says he may stick at shortstop however may 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 grow to be a star in Los Angeles. They could need to be extra affected person with the second.