4. Max Muncy
Two players named Max Muncy have played professional ball. Both were born on the same day, albeit years apart and both were drafted by the Oakland A’s. This one, the 25th overall selection in the 2021 MLB Draft, will hopefully make an impact while he is still a part of the organization.
Muncy only appeared in 11 games last year, leaving one to take his performance with a grain of salt. He projects to be more of a power than hit tool player, although it may take some time to tap into his raw power potential. Defensively, he is solid fundamentally, but may not stick at short, with a move to second or third expected down the line. He is still very raw at 18 years old, however, giving him plenty of time to grow into his tools.
3. Zack Gelof
A second round pick in the 2021 MLB Draft, Zack Gelof has already made his debut at Triple-A, appearing in three games at the highest level of the minors. He more than held his own there, with seven hits in 13 plate appearances, capping off an impressive professional debut. While he is likely to begin the 2022 season in Double-A, it may not be that surprising to see Gelof make his major league debut next year if he continues to hit as he did this past season.
Gelof may not have the perfect swing, but he hits the ball hard to all fields. He has plenty of power, especially pulling the ball, making it possible that he stays at third. The issue is that Gelof does not have the greatest arm, which could force him off the position. If that can improve, then he has a chance to be an impact player in the near future.