MLB Top 10 First Basemen Right Now: Max Muncy Ranked By The Shredder

Having played a big part in the Los Angeles Dodgers’ success these past few years, Max Muncy was ranked among the top 10 first basemen entering the 2021 season by MLB Network’s The Shredder.

Muncy placed fifth on the list after ranking second heading into the 2020 season. Ahead of him this year are Freddie Freeman (No. 1), Paul Goldschmidt, Luke Voit and Jose Abreu.

The rest of the rankings, in order, is rounded out by Anthony Rizzo (No. 6), Pete Alonso, Matt Olson, Rhys Hoskins and Carlos Santana.

With the 2020 campaign shortened to just 60 games, the 2021 list was compiled by taking into account a three-year sample. It also entailed The Shredder rankings from the past two years and Statcast metrics, among other factors.

Like The Shredder, MLB Network analyst Sarah Langs placed Muncy No. 5 on her list. Vince Gennaro viewed him more favorably, slotting him in at No. 2, while Mike Petriello ranked Muncy the eighth-best first baseman.

In 58 games last season, Muncy batted a lowly .192/.331/.389 with four doubles, 12 home runs and 27 RBI. His struggles can be attributed to a fractured finger sustained in Summer Camp, although he stopped short of using the injury as an excuse.

Muncy did, however, post the second-highest walk rate of his career at 15.7% and found more success in the playoffs. He started all 18 games and hit .250/.438/.467 with four doubles, three home runs, 14 RBI and 20 walks.

Muncy had a double, home run and two RBI in the Dodgers’ historic win over the Atlanta Braves in Game 3 of the National League Championship Series. Overall, he hit safely in 12 playoff games and throughout his plate appearances continued to run counts and draw free passes.

Since 2018, Muncy’s wRC+ of 138 is third to only Freeman’s 145 and Voit’s 144, among qualified first basemen with a minimum of 900 plate appearances.

Looking ahead to the 2021 season, Muncy figures to see more time at first base, but also could receive opportunities at second base depending on how the Dodgers address the position in the coming weeks.

MLB Top 10 first basemen right now for 2021

RankThe ShredderMike PetrielloSarah Langs Vince Gennaro
1Freddie Freeman (Braves)Freddie Freeman (Braves)Freddie Freeman (Braves)Freddie Freeman (Braves)
2Paul Goldschmidt (Cardinals)Luke Voit (Yankees)Jose Abreu (White Sox)Max Muncy (Dodgers)
3Luke Voit (Yankees)Matt Olson (Athletic)Paul Goldschmidt (Cardinals)Pete Alonso (Mets)
4Jose Abreu (White Sox)Paul Goldschmidt (Cardinals)Luke Voit (Yankees)Jose Abreu (White Sox)
5Max Muncy (Dodgers)Jose Abreu (White Sox)Max Muncy (Dodgers)Matt Olson (Athletic)
6Anthony Rizzo (Cubs)Anthony Rizzo (Cubs)Anthony Rizzo (Cubs)Luke Voit (Yankees)
7Pete Alonso (Mets)Pete Alonso (Mets)Matt Olson (Athletic)Brandon Belt (Giants)
8Matt Olson (Athletic)Max Muncy (Dodgers)Pete Alonso (Mets)Josh Bell (Nationals)
9Rhys Hoskins (Phillies)Brandon Belt (Giants)Josh Bell (Nationals)Anthony Rizzo (Cubs)
10Carlos Santana (Royals)Rhys Hoskins (Phillies)Brandon Belt (Giants)Trey Mancini (Orioles)

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