Who Saw Max Muncy Coming? LA Dodger Report, That’s Who

The next time someone says, “Boy, that Max Muncy came outta nowhere. No one saw that guy coming.” Go ahead and let them know that your faithful reporters here at LA Dodger Report absolutely saw Muncy’s potential and called him out as a player to watch – and keep – right from the first week of Spring Training.

Here’s a short video clip of our call:

Oscar Martinez

Oscar Martinez

I was born in the shadow of Dodger Stadium and immediately drenched in Dodger Blue. Chavez Ravine is my baseball cathedral, Vin Scully was the golden voice of summer all my life, and Tommy Lasorda remains the greatest Dodgers manager ever. My favorite things are coffee, beer, and the Dodgers beating the Giants. I also blog about my baseball card hobby at All Trade Bait, All the Time.

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21 thoughts on “Who Saw Max Muncy Coming? LA Dodger Report, That’s Who

  1. I think they wrote about Muncy over at Timmons’ blog way before he appeared in print on this forum. Not sure. But, have you been drinking those beers you advertise in the videos? lol

    1. Actually, when Muncy was first signed, every blog reported on it.

      The difference is not when you first report that he was signed, but when the blog “takes a position” on said player after he’s signed and gets up to the MLB – the question then is do you keep him and who does he replace? The FBZphiles laud every deal the FBZ makes and if you take them literally we would have a 100 man roster with Kazmir as a potential all star – LOL!

      For what it’s worth, I think Oscar was right – he was the first to take a position on Muncy.

      However I think Muncy is due to fade …. I am not counting on Muncy for the stretch run (nor am I counting on any of the over-used relievers we have right now, and that includes Kenley Jansen …).

      1. Apologies to Oscar. I actually missed his videos on Muncy during ST. I saw the glowing write ups on Timmons’ blog and that was the first one that I read of.

        YF,
        No way to predict how Muncy will hold. He’s looking sharper the more PT he’s getting. Of course, he’s hot now and that can cool with some tougher opponent. Rockies are not known for their pitching. In any case, you go with the hot hand. That is, if you’re not DR!!

  2. Semi interesting news – Charlie Culberson, who I recall hit a walkoff home run in Vin Scully’s last home game, has hit two walk off hone runs this year for the Braves as a pinch hitter. He’s the first player in Braves history to hit two walk off home runs as a pinch hitter in the same season (and it’s not even mid June). Culberson was an excellent back up SS for us last year.

    1. YF

      I saw that about Culbertson, and I am happy for him, especially since he is from that area and grew up a Brave’s fan.

      I was just thinking the other day that Taylor has been playing very good and consistent defense, at short this year.

      And he now has his average up to 250, and the last time I looked, his OPS was good too.

      I am glad he kept fighting to get his offense better, and I hope it continues.

      Puig is now just under 250 and the time off I knew would be good for him, because I think he was more mentally beat up then physically beat up, when he went out.

      Because he started out hitting the ball hard, but wasn’t getting the results, because he hit a lot of balls right at someone and that just mentally challenged him, and he started to not have good at bats, after a while.

      He needed those ten days more to clear his mind, then anything.

      It will be interesting to see how they perform in the east today, because the Pirates almost have an all new pitching rotation, and sometimes when our guys have not seen a starter, they have trouble hitting them, especially at the start of a game.

      1. Check that!
        I just looked at our numbers today, and after that last game in Colorado, Puig is at 253 now, not just under 250.

      1. He was a throw in in that salary dump trade with the Braves. I thought they should have kept Charlie. He played in the playoffs while Seager was out and did an excellent job. As a matter of fact he played in 10 games and batted .500 with a homer and 2 RBI’s. He scored 4 runs and 4 of his 8 hits were for extra bases. Trading Culberson was not one of FAZ’s finest moves.

  3. Package

    There is an article in the LA Times about Cody.

    It is a pretty good analysis on Cody, and the writer Houston Mitchell that wrote this, is down to earth and he is also very fair.

    This article might make you feel a little better.

  4. This is really an interesting take about a highly analytically driven organization , the Astros. I would not be surprised if the Dodgers (given the Rich Hill/Scott Alexander acquisitions) had a similar attitude:

    Herrera, however, throws 65 percent fastballs, and the Astros generally prefer pitchers who rely less heavily on their heaters; the team throws 50.8 percent fastballs, the sixth-lowest percentage in the majors. Perhaps Herrera, 28, would incorporate more sliders (18 percent) and changeups (17 percent) if the Astros acquired him.

  5. Fangraphs does a deep dive on the relationship between Kemp and WAR

    But while Kemp has swung a good bat for much of his entire career, he’s also been a case study in why WAR is so significant. Used to be, you’d look at Kemp’s offense, and you’d figure, welp, he must be pretty solid. Yet in truth, in other areas, Kemp has given value away. He hasn’t been a good baserunner in a very long time. Far more important than that, he hasn’t been a good defender in a very long time. Anyone who’s read FanGraphs for any number of years knows that Kemp established himself as a major defensive liability.

    I’ll remind you again, it’s not like Kemp is suddenly a Gold Glove candidate. He hasn’t improved to the point where his defense is a strength. He’s improved to the point where his defense just isn’t a weakness. From time to time, balls have gotten down that better outfielders would’ve caught:

    Read more here:
    https://www.fangraphs.com/blogs/the-most-astonishing-early-statistic/

  6. Ferguson in Dodger locker room. Turner gets the night off, Muncy starting at 3rd and Bellinger at 1st hitting 7th. Dodgers have picked 3 RHP so far, a lefty and a 2nd baseman.

  7. 3rd young Rays pitcher set for TJ surgery…what are they putting in the water in Tampa? Dodgers do not have to make a roster decision until tomorrow on who Ferguson will replace on the 40 man roster. Maeda to return when his 10 days are up most likely. He will be the first one back.

  8. Rain delay in the steel city. They will start about an hour late. Dodgers have picked another 2 baseman in the 10th round from Florida. Ferguson will start tomorrow, but his call up and who he will replace on the 40 man roster have still not been announced.

  9. 5 scoreless IP drops Stripling’s ERA to 1.52 — 1.06 in 7 starts since joining the rotation in early May.

    Welcome back Tolesy! He’s with OKC starting tonite.

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