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EXPLORERS KEEP BUILDING BULLPEN FOR 21

EXPLORERS KEEP BUILDING BULLPEN

2021 will mark Max Kuhns’ fifth season of pro ball and first with Sioux City. 

Kuhns was drafted by the New York Mets in the 21st round of the 2016 MLB Draft after his junior season at Santa Clara University where he posted a 2.21 ERA and racked up 14 saves in 28 games for the Broncos. 

He would spend the next four seasons with the Mets organization bouncing between the rookie level and different levels of Class-A. 

The Colorado native’s best season came in 2017 with Class-A Columbia where in 17 games he collected five saves and 37 strikeouts in 25.2 innings of work while posting a 2.10 ERA. Those numbers helped Kuhns be selected to the South Atlantic League All-Star Team. 

That year in Columbia for Kuhns was spent sharing a dugout with two familiar names. First was former Heisman Trophy winner Tim Tebow. And second was the X’s closer in 2019, Matt Pobereyko. Although Kuhns final game due to injury in 2017 was on June 10th and Pobereyko joined Columbia later that month. 

The 26 year old right hander got his first taste of independent baseball during the 2019 campaign. After pitching just one game for High-A, St. Lucie he was let go by the New York Metropolitans. Kuhns then found his place with the Quebec Capitales. 

In 18 games with Quebec of the Can-Am League, he had a 6.00 ERA in 18 innings with 14 punch outs.