Bruce Tyrone Maxwell III graduated from Sparkman (AL) High School before attending Birmingham Southern College...Was named the 2012 American Baseball Coaches Association/Rawlings National Player of the Year after leading his conference in batting average (.471), homers (15), doubles (25), runs scored (56), walks (59) slugging (.928) and on-base percentage (.619).
Spent the season at the Mets' Alternate Site after being signed on July 30...Did not appear on the major league roster.
Played for Monclova in the Mexican League...Hit .325 (138-424) with 27 doubles, 24 home runs, 112 RBI and a .966 OPS.
Made Oakland's Opening Day roster...Remained with the big league club until June 2, playing in 18 games before being optioned to Nashville (AAA).
Batted .237 with three home runs and 22 RBI in 76 games over three stints with the A's…com-bined to hit .211 with no extra base hits and no RBI in nine games over his first two stints (April 17-19 and May 4-14)…returned for good on June 22 and batted .240 with 12 doubles, three home runs and 22 RBI over his final 67 games…started 55 of the A's 90 games at catcher during his third stint…did not commit an error in 74 games and 485 total chances behind the plate…the total chances were second most in Athletics history by a catcher with no errors (Buddy Rosar, 605 in 1946)…they were sixth most in American League history and the most by any Major League catcher in 2017…now has a 76-game errorless streak behind the plate dating back to last year, which is 10th longest in Oakland history by a catcher…ranked second among AL catchers in dou-ble plays (8)…tossed out 16-of-60 (26.7%) attempted base stealers and has thrown out 16-of-68 (23.5%) in his career…batted .246 (46-for-187) with all three of his home runs and all 22 of his RBI against right-handed pitchers compared to .188 (6-for-32) against left-handers…has four ca-reer home runs and 36 career RBI, all off righties…hit .302 in 23 games before the All-Star Break but then batted .212 in 53 games after the break…had a .312 average during the day, .197 at night…clubbed all three of his home runs at night and on the road…hit .292 with all three of his home runs against AL West teams, .195 against everyone else…is a .305 (46-for-151) career hitter against the West with all four of his home runs compared to .200 (32-for-160) against all other teams…went 1-for-10 (.100) with a walk as a pinch hitter…made all of his starts in the bottom five spots in the order, including 21 batting seventh and 20 hitting eighth…hit .389 in 14 games batting ninth
Made his Triple-A and Major League debut in 2016…was batting .321 with a career-high 10 home runs and 41 RBI in 60 games with Nashville when he was promoted to Oakland on July 23…went on to bat .283 with a home run and 14 RBI in 33 games with the A's…hit .125 over his first 13 games through Sept. 2 but batted .367 over his final 20 contests…had no RBI over his first nine games, 14 over his final 24 contests…batted .306 (22-for-72) with all 14 of his RBI, all eight of his walks and seven of his eight extra base hits against right-handed pitching…went 4-for-19 (.211) with a double against lefties…had an .815 OPS against righties, .450 against lefties…hit .353 with runners on base, .241 with the bases empty…batted .333 with runners in scoring position after hitting .426 with RISP at Nashville…hit .339 at night, .194 during the day…appeared in 29 games (25 starts) at catcher and committed just one error for a .995 fielding percentage…however, opponents were successful in each of their eight stolen base attempts off him…tossed out 30-of-77 (39.0%) attempted base stealers at Nashville…went 4-for-10 (.400) in three games (two starts) at designated hitter…hit .250 against a pitcher the first time he saw him in a game, .344 after that…made his Major League debut July 23 against Tampa Bay when he grounded out as a pinch hitter…went 0-for-4 in his first start the next day against the Rays…recorded his first ML hit in his third game on July 30 at Cleveland, a single off Josh Tomlin in the fifth inning…played in just two games over a 14-game stretch from Aug. 6 to 20…hit .136 in eight games in August but then batted .385 in 19 games in September…had a career-high seven-game hitting streak from Sept. 3 to 17…went 12-for-27 (.444) with seven RBI and four multiple hit games during the streak…the multiple hit games were the first of his career…had his first career three-hit game Sept. 9 against Seattle…hit his first big league home run Sept. 19 against Houston, a solo shot off Brad Peacock in the second inning…drilled his first career triple Sept. 28 at Los Angeles (AL)…it was his second as a professional (June 23, 2014 with Stockton)…was rated as the A's No. 10 prospect by Baseball America following the season.