Max Muncy

Max Muncy

31-Year-Old Second Baseman2B
Los Angeles Dodgers
Day-To-Day
Injury Elbow
2021 Fantasy Outlook
Muncy struggled to find a rhythm at the plate last season, finishing with a disappointing .192/.331/.389 slash line. It's tempting to note his league-worst .203 BABIP and attribute the low batting average to bad luck, but that would be oversimplifying things. In reality, the surest way to rack up base hits is with plenty of line drives, and Muncy's 13.8 LD% was the second-lowest mark in the league. That was a far cry from 2019 and he was still in the 81st percentile in barrel rate, so it's reasonable to expect some movement toward the norm -- and a consequent jump in average -- this season. The power is still present, and Muncy's proven willingness to take a walk -- his 15.8 BB% since 2018 ranks fifth among qualified batters -- gives him extra value in fantasy leagues that use OBP. Factor in Muncy's multi-position eligibility (1B, 2B, 3B) as a reason to nab him if he slips too far down 2021 draft boards. Read Past Outlooks
RANKSFrom Preseason
#91
ADP
$Signed a three-year, $24.5 million contract extension with the Dodgers in February of 2020. Contract includes $13 million team option ($1.5 million buyout) for 2023.
Healing slowly from elbow injury
2BLos Angeles Dodgers
Elbow
November 29, 2021
Muncy said Monday in an appearance on MLB Network that he isn't healing as quickly as anticipated after he sustained a torn UCL in addition to a dislocation of his left elbow in October, Matthew Moreno of DodgerBlue.com reports. "That's what happens when you do some serious damage to your body. A torn UCL is a slow process," Muncy said.
ANALYSIS
When Muncy first suffered the injury in the team's Oct. 3 regular-season finale against the Brewers, the Dodgers were initially secretive about the extent of his elbow issue. Muncy didn't resume baseball activities after injuring his elbow and was ultimately left off the roster for the wild-card round, NLDS and NLCS, but a firm diagnosis wasn't provided until the 31-year-old shed light on his situation Monday. While Muncy has seemingly avoided surgery on the elbow and has instead gone the rest-and-rehab route, the nature of his injury could make it difficult for him to gain full clearance for the start of spring training in late February. Muncy's uncertain health could make a risky investment for fantasy managers drafting early in 2022, as more information on where he stands in his recovery may not come until closer to spring training.
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Batting Order Slot Breakdown
vs Right-Handed Pitchers
vs RHP
#1
#2
#3
#4
#5
#6
#7
#8
#9
66
2
29
4
1
vs Left-Handed Pitchers
vs LHP
#1
#2
#3
#4
#5
#6
#7
#8
#9
8
7
3
12
4
Left/Right Batting Splits
Since 2019
 
 
+5%
OPS vs LHP
2021
 
 
+10%
OPS vs LHP
2020
 
 
+7%
OPS vs LHP
2019
 
 
+1%
OPS vs LHP
OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2019vs Left .894 412 58 25 73 2 .263 .374 .520
Since 2019vs Right .848 1006 173 57 144 4 .230 .360 .489
2021vs Left .961 160 22 11 27 0 .276 .394 .567
2021vs Right .871 432 73 25 67 2 .240 .359 .512
2020vs Left .742 71 6 3 8 0 .220 .352 .390
2020vs Right .692 166 29 8 17 0 .172 .319 .373
2019vs Left .893 181 30 11 38 2 .268 .365 .529
2019vs Right .887 408 71 24 60 2 .242 .377 .509
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Home/Away Batting Splits
Since 2019
 
 
+9%
OPS at Home
2021
 
 
+32%
OPS at Home
2020
 
 
+14%
OPS at Home
2019
 
 
+12%
OPS on Road
OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2019Home .905 690 118 43 106 5 .255 .371 .534
Since 2019Away .827 736 114 40 113 2 .227 .359 .468
2021Home 1.025 289 53 23 53 1 .269 .394 .630
2021Away .776 303 42 13 41 1 .232 .343 .432
2020Home .778 117 17 7 11 1 .212 .333 .444
2020Away .682 128 19 5 16 0 .178 .336 .347
2019Home .838 284 48 13 42 3 .258 .363 .475
2019Away .938 305 53 22 56 1 .243 .384 .555
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Stat Review
How does Max Muncy compare to other hitters?
This section compares his stats with all batting seasons from the previous three seasons (minimum 400 plate appearances)*. The bar represents the player's percentile rank. For example, if the bar is halfway across, then the player falls into the 50th percentile for that stat and it would be considered average.

* Exit Velocity and Barrels/PA % are benchmarked against 2019 data (min 400 PA) and Hard Hit Rate is benchmarked against last season's data (min 400 PA). See here for more exit velocity/barrels stats plus an explanation of current limitations with that data set.
  • BB/K
    Walk to strikeout ratio
  • BB Rate
    The percentage of plate appearances resulting in a walk.
  • K Rate
    The percentage of plate appearances resulting in a strikeout.
  • BABIP
    Batting average on balls in play. Measures how many of a batter’s balls in play go for hits.
  • ISO
    Isolated Power. Slugging percentage minus batting average. A computation used to measure a batter's raw power.
  • AVG
    Batting average. Hits divided by at bats.
  • OBP
    On Base Percentage. A measure of how often a batters reaches base. Roughly equal to number of times on base divided by plate appearances.
  • SLG
    Slugging Percentage. A measure of the batting productivity of a hitter. It is calculated as total bases divided by at bats.
  • OPS
    On base plus slugging. THe sum of a batter's on-base percentage and slugging percentage.
  • wOBA
    Weighted on-base average. Measures a player's overall offensive contributions per plate appearance. wOBA combines all the different aspects of hitting into one metric, weighting each of them in proportion to their actual run value.
  • Exit Velocity
    The speed of the baseball as it comes off the bat, immediately after a batter makes contact.
  • Hard Hit Rate
    A measure of contact quality from Sports Info Solutions. This stat explains what percentage of batted balls were hit hard vs. medium or soft.
  • Barrels/PA
    The percentage of plate appearances where a batter had a batted ball classified as a Barrel. A Barrel is a batted ball with similar exit velocity and launch angle to past ones that led to a minimum .500 batting average and 1.500 slugging percentage.
BB/K
0.69
 
BB Rate
14.0%
 
K Rate
20.3%
 
BABIP
.257
 
ISO
.278
 
AVG
.249
 
OBP
.368
 
SLG
.527
 
OPS
.895
 
wOBA
.387
 
Exit Velocity
83.5 mph
 
Hard Hit Rate
39.2%
 
Barrels/PA
10.6%
 
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
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Let's take a moment to appreciate Muncy for a second. We all know the story about him being DFA'd by Oakland and grabbed by the Dodgers and his breakout in 2018. Six weeks into 2019, Muncy was hitting .242 with five HR and 18 RBI, and looked like a bust for fantasy owners. He went on to hit .253 with a .383 OBP, 30 HR, 90 runs and 80 RBI the rest of the way. In the process, he equaled his HR total from 2018 and obliterated his runs and RBI. Yes, he wasn't as good as 2018 overall, but he was still darn good and those who held true despite the slow start were handsomely rewarded. The skills over the past two years have been rather stable, but Muncy did see his flyball rate come down in 2019. Muncy has more value in OBP leagues as the batting average has a low ceiling with the strikeouts, but it certainly hasn't cut into his run production. The added bonus is three-position eligibility in 2020 (2B, 3B and 1B).
In this space last year...wait, we didn't write an outlook for Muncy in 2018. He failed to crack the major leagues in 2017 and instead spent the entirety of the season at Triple-A. After signing a minor-league contract with the Dodgers, he was assigned to minor-league camp March 12. Muncy got the call to Los Angeles on April 17 and went on to post the fifth-best wRC+ among 183 players with at least 450 plate appearances. He crushed right-handed pitching to the tune of a .601 SLG and .334 ISO while walking at a robust 16.4% clip overall. Muncy did strike out 27.2% of the time and hit just .185 against breaking pitches according to Brooks Baseball, but in the end, he was a top-10 fantasy first baseman. It's tough to forecast anything close to a full repeat, but Muncy is at least locked into a platoon role and there will be more doubters than believers, creating a possible buying opportunity for those contrarians out there.
Muncy is the prototypical "Moneyball" product: There's not a lot of hype behind him, but man, can he take walks. Last season at Triple-A Nashville, the 26-year-old walked 13.1 percent of the time and bumped that figure up to 15 percent during his scattered appearances in the big leagues. Even with that bright spot, Muncy still has plenty of blemishes keeping him from garnering regular playing time in Oakland. He strikes out too much, as his strikeout rate hovered around 20 percent both in the minors and in the majors, and he doesn't have the power to make up for it (.071 ISO in the majors). His ability to play all over the infield and the corner outfield spots could help him land a reserve utility role with the big league club, but with bigger prospects knocking on the door to the majors, it will be tough for Muncy to climb much higher than that.
A rash of early season injuries gave Muncy a chance to make his Major League debut, but he did not do much with it, slashing .206/.268/.392 with three homers in 102 at-bats. Muncy had a breakout minor league season in 2013 when he hit 25 bombs with 100 RBI between Single-A and Double-A, but backed that season up with only seven homers in 435 Double-A at-bats in 2014. Muncy does exhibit a solid feel for the strike zone and his high walk numbers have enabled him to post a career .378 OPS across four minor League seasons. The A's farm system is not stacked overall, but one of their strengths is at corner infield which is not a great sign for Muncy's long-term prospects. After two years of his power slipping following the 2013 breakout, Muncy's star is dwindling, but the 25-year-old will begin the year at Triple-A with a chance to appear in Oakland again if injuries strike before their bigger corner prospects are ready.
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Left off NLCS roster
2BLos Angeles Dodgers
Elbow
October 16, 2021
Muncy (elbow) isn't listed on the Dodgers' roster for the NLCS against Atlanta.
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Unlikely to return for NLCS
2BLos Angeles Dodgers
Elbow
October 15, 2021
Muncy (elbow) is unlikely to be ready to return to action during the NLCS, Juan Toribio of MLB.com reports.
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No baseball activities yet
2BLos Angeles Dodgers
Elbow
October 12, 2021
Manager Dave Roberts said Tuesday that Muncy hasn't taken part in any baseball activities since suffering the elbow injury, Jorge Castillo of the Los Angeles Times reports.
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Postseason return possible
2BLos Angeles Dodgers
Elbow
October 5, 2021
Manager Dave Roberts said Tuesday that Muncy didn't suffer a UCL tear and won't require surgery on his left elbow, and there's a "glimmer of hope" he'll be able to play later in the playoffs, should the Dodgers advance, Bill Plunkett of The Orange County Register reports.
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Unlikely to play in wild-card game
2BLos Angeles Dodgers
Elbow
October 3, 2021
Manager Dave Roberts said Sunday that it's "very unlikely" that Muncy (elbow) will appear in Wednesday's NL Wild Card Game, Bill Plunkett of The Orange County Register reports.
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