Los Angeles Dodgers team MVP Max Muncy could miss the start of the 2022 season after his elbow injury upset the conclusion of the 2021 season, huh? Yeah. It looks rough.
So can we…go ahead and…build another Max Muncy?
While the Dodgers don’t have a literal factory at the back that turns UDFAs into All-Stars who can hit it in the ocean in San Fran, they do have a golden player development arm that apparently learned to many players to translate their work in the cage. in the power of the game in recent years.
And, wouldn’t you know, there appear to be a few viable options currently floating around the minor league free agent pool that the Dodgers might want to contact before spring training.
We also say this selfishly. Minor league trades are the only moves allowed at this time, and we would really like to keep our content going with some last minute updates. We’re not asking much here. Just a few crumbs.
It’s been nearly five years since the Dodgers made sure Muncy landed on his feet (April 28, 2017), signing him as a free agent after his early March release from the Oakland A system. Muncy was a fifth-round pick in 2012 over Baylor who put up big power and patience numbers at the lower tiers (25 bombs, 100 RBI, .381 OBP over two tiers in 2013).
Eventually, however, he stalled at Triple-A and his power wore off; Muncy surprisingly homered just seven times in 122 Texas League Double-A games the following season in 2014.
To find the next Muncy – admittedly a difficult process – we looked for recently released players who have done a lot of heavy lifting for the OBP at the minor league level, but have either sniffed around with MLB clubs or failed. to pierce the ceiling.
All three of these options could really be solid assets for the Dodgers, and they’ll cost next to nothing to get your hands on. (NOTE: this list of minor league free agents was our point of reference.)
These 3 minor league free agents could be the Dodgers’ next Max Muncy
3. Josh Ockimey
Josh Ockimeya first baseman drafted by the Red Sox in the fifth round in 2014 who love to get down to basics and have some natural pop, fits Muncy’s story almost perfectly.
The only real difference? Muncy struggled at the MLB level before resurfacing with the Dodgers, and Ockimey never really got the chance to do so.
The only thing Ockimey is not it To do? Hit for a high average, which is about the least important thing for big league regulars these days, as long as they walk around and develop their pop. After all, the real Muncy only hit .249 last year.
In his final two seasons at Triple-A (2019 and 2021, thanks to the pandemic), Ockimey hit .204 and .225, but flexed his muscles with 25 home runs and a ridiculous .353 OBP at Pawtucket before tearing up 15 bombs in just 98 games in Worcester with a comparable OBP of 0.358 last season.
Ockimey’s best year was 2017. Split across two tiers (100 games at High-A, 31 at Double-A), the first baseman hit .274 with 14 bombs, 74 RBI and a bestial OBP of . 385. Positively James Loney-like, if you ask us.
Southpaw Ockimey unlikely to have a real chance in Boston, especially with Bobby Dalbec and tippy-top prospect Triston Casas ahead of him at the post. Re-signing with the only organization he’s ever known might bring him some comfort, but he should definitely be testing the waters instead — and the Dodgers should come calling.