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Dodgers: Sheldon Neuse Looks to Take the Same Path to Los Angeles as Max Muncy

The similarities are too difficult to ignore, and Neuse wants to follow his path.



The Dodgers traded for Oakland A’s prospect Sheldon Neuse just a few weeks ago. Within hours, folks on the internet were already calling him the right-handed Max Muncy. And to be fair, the similarities make it difficult to not connect the two. 

The A’s brought both guys up in their farm system only to cut them loose in some form. Neuse was traded, but Max Muncy was cut loose. The Dodgers picked him up on a minor league deal in the Spring of 2017 and the rest is history. 

But for Neuse, he is hoping that he gets to follow that same path to the big leagues that Max Muncy found with the Dodgers. In his first media call of Spring Training this morning, Neuse talked about Muncy and hope that there can be more similarities. 

Definitely, a guy that when I got into Oakland he was getting out and came over here and excelled was incredible. Looking forward to getting to talk to him more and working with the guys here and allows me to excel the same way. 

Neuse is a guy that found a whole lot of pop in his last season in the minor leagues. He crushed 27 homeruns with Oakland’s Triple-A team and like Max Muncy, plays some first base and second base. Also like Muncy, he can play over at third base, though he probably projects much better there than Max. 

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If the Dodgers can get something even remotely out of Neuse similar to what they got out of Muncy, then Andrew Friedman will look like a genius. The trade of Adam Kolarek and Cody Thomas for Gus Varland and Neuse was already good, considering Kolarek wasn’t making the Opening Day roster.

But Neuse becoming a quality bat could make it even better. 

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Written by Brook Smith

Brook is the Senior Editor of Dodgers Nation, with several years of experience in sports journalism. He is an avid Dodgers and Lakers fan, and can be spotted fairly often at Dodger Stadium and Staples Center.

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  1. Any and all baseball players should welcome the opportunity to become a Dodger. Their chances of developing and succeeding increase exponentially.

  2. Really looking forward to seeing what Neuse brings to the club. Bench spots are limited but if he has a decent bat, he slots in well as a platoon player at 2b and utility elsewhere freeing up Taylor to be used elsewhere. He’ll probably have to cut down on his strikeout rate but because we are loaded with lefties we could sure use him. This ;years battle for the bench is going to be fun to watch..as is the Bullpen shakeout. Can’t wait…what a talent loaded team.

  3. Yes indeed, and Neuse IS A RHB and certainly deserves a chance to be in Kike’s roster spot. Taylor figures to be in the starting lineup a lot and that would mean Neuse could be the RHB coming off the bench because at the present time there’s only LHB there. And whoever is not catching that game between Smith and Barnes must remain available should an injury occur to one of them. And with the depth Dodgers have anyway, it’s not necessary that Neuse plays every position that Kike played during his time here.

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