Max Muncy
Max Muncy
29-Year-Old Second Baseman2B
Los Angeles Dodgers
2020 Fantasy Outlook
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). Read Past Outlooks
$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.
Staying fresh during hiatus
2BLos Angeles Dodgers
May 9, 2020
Muncy stated that he has been hitting in a cage "a couple times a week" but is "trying not to overdo it" in an interview with John Hartung of Spectrum SportsNet LA.
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"Once things start up...it's going to be a lot of games in a short period of time," Muncy theorized in explaining his rationale for wanting to stay fresh during MLB's hiatus. The 29-year-old is slated to take on a near-everyday role as the Dodgers' starting first baseman in 2020, with occasional time at second base.
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Batting Order Slot Breakdown
vs Right-Handed Pitchers
vs RHP
#1
#2
#3
#4
#5
#6
#7
#8
#9
50
2
5
32
7
vs Left-Handed Pitchers
vs LHP
#1
#2
#3
#4
#5
#6
#7
#8
#9
8
2
11
12
1
Left/Right Batting Splits
Since 2017
 
 
+5%
OPS vs RHP
2019
 
 
+1%
OPS vs LHP
2018
 
 
+12%
OPS vs RHP
2017
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OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2017vs Left .892 300 47 19 54 3 .263 .363 .529
Since 2017vs Right .940 770 129 51 123 4 .254 .388 .552
2019vs Left .893 181 30 11 38 2 .268 .365 .529
2019vs Right .887 408 71 24 60 2 .242 .377 .509
2018vs Left .891 119 17 8 16 1 .255 .361 .529
2018vs Right 1.001 362 58 27 63 2 .266 .401 .601
2017vs Left 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2017vs Right 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
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Home/Away Batting Splits
Since 2017
 
 
+4%
OPS on Road
2019
 
 
+12%
OPS on Road
2018
 
 
+6%
OPS at Home
2017
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OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2017Home .910 509 89 33 83 5 .259 .369 .541
Since 2017Away .942 561 87 37 94 2 .254 .392 .550
2019Home .838 284 48 13 42 3 .258 .363 .475
2019Away .938 305 53 22 56 1 .243 .384 .555
2018Home 1.002 225 41 20 41 2 .259 .378 .624
2018Away .946 256 34 15 38 1 .267 .402 .544
2017Home 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2017Away 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
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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
0.60
 
BB Rate
15.3%
 
K Rate
25.3%
 
BABIP
.283
 
ISO
.265
 
AVG
.251
 
OBP
.374
 
SLG
.515
 
OPS
.889
 
wOBA
.386
 
Exit Velocity
89.8 mph
 
Hard Hit Rate
45.8%
 
Barrels/PA
6.7%
 
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
2019
2017
2016
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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Works on hitting offspeed pitches
2BLos Angeles Dodgers
April 11, 2020
Muncy spent time this offseason working on his approach to offspeed pitches, Cary Osborne of Dodger Insider reports.
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Blasts two spring homers
2BLos Angeles Dodgers
March 20, 2020
Muncy hit .200 (5-for-25) with a pair of home runs and two RBI before Cactus League play was suspended.
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Receives extension
2BLos Angeles Dodgers
February 6, 2020
Muncy and the Dodgers came to terms Thursday on a three-year, $24.5 million contract extension, Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic reports. The contract includes a $13 million team option or a $1.5 million buyout for 2023.
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Goes yard in Game 5 loss
2BLos Angeles Dodgers
October 9, 2019
Muncy went 1-for-5 with a two-run home run Wednesday in a 7-3 extra-inning loss to the Nationals in Game 5 of the National League Division Series.
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Belts 35th homer
2BLos Angeles Dodgers
September 29, 2019
Muncy went 2-for-3 with a solo home run and a walk in Saturday's win over the Giants.
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