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  • Athletics' Max Muncy: On IL with hand injury

    Triple-A Las Vegas placed Muncy (hand) on the 7-day injured list May 17, Athletics Farm reports. This is Muncy's second IL stint of the season, as he was also shelved with an injury from April 24 through May 10. Per the report, Muncy isn't doing much baseball-related activity, so he might not be ready to return when eligible this weekend. The middle infielder is slashing .274/.379/.438 with two home runs, three steals and a 23 percent strikeout rate in 22 games. Muncy, 21, is the fifth-youngest hitter with at least 80 plate appearances at Triple-A.
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  • Athletics' Max Muncy: Raking early at Las Vegas

    Muncy is slashing .360/.429/.600 across 28 plate appearances over his first seven games with Triple-A Las Vegas. The 21-year-old just slugged his first home run of the season Sunday against Sugar Land, and he's hit safely in four of the last five games overall. This marks Muncy's first foray at the Triple-A level after playing at both High-A and Double-A in 2023, so his early success is encouraging even when factoring in the hitter-friendly environment of the Pacific Coast League. Nick Allen is currently holding down the shortstop role with the big-league club, but given the Athletics' lack of postseason aspirations, it wouldn't surprise to see Muncy be given his first promotion to the majors at some point this season, especially if Allen's offensive struggles persist.
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  • Athletics' Max Muncy: Reassigned to minor-league camp

    The Athletics reassigned Muncy to minor-league camp Sunday. Muncy was a first-round draft pick in 2021 and was promoted from Single-A Stockton to High-A Lansing last season in July. The shortstop has slashed .179/.233/.464 with two home runs across 30 plate appearances in 15 Cactus League games. Additionally, the 21-year-old struck out 14 times in those games.
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  • Athletics' Max Muncy: Going to Midwest League

    The Athletics promoted Muncy from Single-A Stockton to High-A Lansing on Wednesday, Melissa Lockard of The Athletic reports. The 2021 first-round draft pick has produced at slightly-above-league-average level for Stockton (.365 wOBA, 108 wRC+) for the season, but he's been even better dating back to June 1, slashing .234/.369/.447 while trimming his strikeout rate to a high, but still palatable, 28.6 percent. In Lansing, the 19-year-old shortstop will be joining Oakland's top overall hitting prospect in catcher Tyler Soderstrom.
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  • Athletics' Max Muncy: First multi-homer game Thursday

    Muncy went 4-for-4 with a pair of solo home runs and was also hit by a pitch in Single-A Stockton's win over San Jose on Thursday. The multi-dinger night marked Muncy's first as a professional, and his four hits were also a career best per Michael Avallone of Muncy has multi-hit efforts in three of the Ports' last five games and is a sizzling 10-for-28 with two homers and four RBI in the last seven contests overall, but he's still carrying a bloated 31.4 percent strikeout rate across 207 plate appearances.
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  • Athletics' Max Muncy: Off to fast start

    Muncy has gone 6-for-16 with two homers, two doubles and six RBI across his first four games for Low-A Stockton. The No. 25 pick in last year's draft, Muncy had a quiet debut in rookie ball last year, but his bat has been much louder to start this season. That said, he's also managed to strike out eight times in 18 plate appearances, so there's still plenty of work for him to do. At just 19 years old, he's at least two or three years away from the majors, but there's certainly intriguing upside to be found here. And no, despite their similarities, he's not related to the Dodgers' Max Muncy.
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