McMahon Surging in AAA; Gets Recalled by Rockies
Ryan McMahon has been on an offensive surge with the Rockies Triple-A affiliate Albuquerque.
The Rockies are embarking of a stretch of facing a right-handed starting pitcher for seven consecutive games.
No better time to give McMahon another look at the big-league level.
McMahon, ranked the second-best prospect in the Rockies system, was recalled from Albuquerque on Sunday, and immediately inserted into the lineup at first base in the series finale against Oakland. Following Sunday's game the Rockies embark on a seven-game road trip to St. Louis for four games and Milwaukee for three games.
McMahon has hit .330 in July for Albuquerque with six home runs. His 25 RBI are the second highest total in the Pacific Coast League this month. His ability to also play second base and third base provides infield versatility for manager Bud Black. This will be his third stretch with the Rockies this season. McMahon hit a combined .211 with 35 strikeouts in 95 at-bats during 47 games in his previous big-league exposure this season, but his playing time was sporadic.
Noel Cuevas was sent to Albuquerque to make room for McMahon. He was the Rockies only right-handed hitting outfielder, but Ian Desmond, the Rockies primary first baseman, was an outfielder two years ago with the Rangers, and is comfortable in left field and center field.
Cuevas provided a lift earlier in the season, but was 6-for-38 in the last five weeks, and three of those hits came in four at-bats in one game. His average dropped from .276 to .243.
They don't figure to see a left-handed starter until next Sunday when Wade Miley would be in line to start for the Brewers. While the Brewers do have a left-handed All-Stat reliever in Josh Hader, the next four days the Rockies will be facing a Cardinals team on which the only left-handed relievers are rookies Austin Gomber and Tyler Webb.
Gomber has made 16 appearances with the Cardinals this year, spending time in the minor leagues as well. Webb, meanwhile, was called up on Friday. He saw limited big-league time last year with the Yankees (seven games, six innings) and Brewers (two games, two innings).
He was with the Padres briefly earlier this season (four games, five innings), but was claimed off waviers by the Cardinals on June 29, and spent four weeks at Triple-A Springfield before being called up by he Cardinals on Friday.