Max 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.
Muncy was sent down to minor league camp Sunday. Muncy has split the last two seasons between Triple-A Nashville and the big club in Oakland. Although he holds his own at the Triple-A level, his performance in the show has remained disappointing and has resulted in a .195/.290/.321 line for his career. While the 26-year-old could very well see time in the majors again in 2017, it's unlikely that Muncy will take on a role that would give him much fantasy value.
Muncy was designated for assignment Tuesday, Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle reports. This move comes on the heels of the team's free agent signing of Rajai Davis. Muncy appeared in 51 games for the A's in 2016, but failed to make much of an offensive impact. In 133 plate appearances, the utility infielder slashed a paltry .186/.308/.257 and a posted a wRC+ of 63.
Muncy is out of the lineup Monday against the Angels. Muncy was the Athletics' regular starter at the keystone for much of August, but after accruing a .133/.246/.233 batting line over 69 plate appearances, it appears his run as an everyday player is over. He'll ride the pine for the fifth straight game Monday as manager Bob Melvin opts to lean on a platoon of Joe Wendle and Chad Pinder at second base.
Muncy is out of the lineup Sunday against the Cardinals, MLB.com's Jane Lee reports. Lefty Jaime Garcia will be taking the mound for St. Louis on Sunday, so the A's will use a lineup almost entirely void of left-handed bats. Muncy will head to the bench as a result, giving way to Chad Pinder after making five straight starts.
Muncy is out of the lineup Sunday against the White Sox. Muncy will give way to Chad Pinder at the keystone for the second straight game, as the Athletics will once again see a southpaw on the hill for the opposing team Sunday afternoon.