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Keller’s Max Muncy rejoins Athletics, makes first outfield start

Former Keller and Baylor star Max Muncy, right, was recalled by the Oakland Athletics from Triple A Nashville on Friday and made his his first major league start in the outfield. He made his MLB debut in 2015.
Former Keller and Baylor star Max Muncy, right, was recalled by the Oakland Athletics from Triple A Nashville on Friday and made his his first major league start in the outfield. He made his MLB debut in 2015. AP

The Oakland Athletics recalled former Keller and Baylor star Max Muncy from Triple A on Friday. It’s Muncy’s second stint with the A’s this season.

He went 2 for 5 with a walk in two games before being optioned to Nashville on May 25.

Muncy, who attended Baylor, made his major league debut last season and played in 45 games.

Having versatility and being solid defensively in multiple places only helps your cause. And Max has embraced that.

A’s assistant GM Billy Owens

He was 0 for 1 with two walks Friday playing right field for the A’s. It was his first major league start in the outfield.

Muncy’s ability to play multiple positions has been a plus. At Baylor, Muncy started as a second baseman but finished playing mostly first. He started 17 games at first and 10 games at third for the A’s in 2015.

“His throwing arm was always capable of playing the left side of the infield and spots in the outfield,” A’s assistant general manager Billy Owens told scout.com. “I kind of compare Muncy to a left-handed hitting Kevin Millar when he first broke in with the Marlins. Millar played third base for Portland and then broke in with the Marlins playing third base, first base and left field. That’s what we envision with Max. He has really increased his versatility and it gives him some options.”

3Positions former Keller star Max Muncy has played with the Oakland Athletics. He’s also been a designated hitter. He started at first and third base in 2015 and made his first-career major league start at right field Friday night.

Muncy, 25, has played first, third, left field and right for Nashville this season.

“If you look at these rosters around the league, hardly anybody breaks in playing one position,” Owens said. “You never know when your number is going to be called from Triple A. Having versatility and being solid defensively in multiple places only helps your cause. And Max has embraced that.”

Hometown notables

▪ Cardinals third baseman Matt Carpenter (TCU) was named the National League player of the week after leading the majors with 14 hits in six games. He also led the majors with a .577 on-base percentage and 10 runs scored. He had five doubles and two triples in the stretch.

▪ Left-hander Kyle Bartsch (L.D. Bell) has allowed only one run in his last 12  2/3 innings of relief for Double A Northwest Arkansas (Royals). He’s allowed 10 hits with 10 strikeouts and four walks in the stretch.

▪ Right-hander Matt Walker (Aledo, Weatherford College) struck out three and allowed a hit in one inning Tuesday for Class A Clinton, Iowa (Mariners). Walker has 30 strikeouts and 12 walks in 23  2/3 innings.

▪ Left-hander Tyler Alexander (Carroll, TCU) has gone at least five innings in his past eight starts for Advance Class A Lakeland (Fla.) Tigers. He allowed four earned runs in his last start on June 2 after allowing only two earned runs in his previous 42 innings.

▪ First baseman Kevin Cron (TCU) homered in consecutive games on Tuesday and Wednesday for Double A Mobile, Ala. (Diamondbacks). He has seven homers, 12 doubles and 26 RBI with a .219 batting average.

▪ Right-hander Beau Burrows (Weatherford) has allowed just one earned run his past four appearances, including three starts (21  1/3 innings). In his past two starts he’s allowed a combined one earned run on three hits and four walks with six strikeouts.

▪ Third baseman Taylor Featherston (TCU) was 3 for 4 with two walks, a homer, triple, three RBI and three runs scored Tuesday for Triple A Lehigh Valley (Phillies). Featherston has seven hits in his past four games.

Stefan Stevenson: 817-390-7760, @StevensonFWST

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