Counting Down Top 30: No. 3 Ryan McMahon
3 Ryan McMahon, 1B-2B-3B
Tool Grades: Batting: 60 Power 55 Run: 45 Arm: 55 Field: 50 Overall: 55
Born: 12/14/94. B-T: L-R. Ht.: 6-2. Wt.: 185. Drafted: HS-Santa Ana, Ca., 2013 (2nd round). Signed by: Jon Lukins.
Track Record: McMahon’s athleticism fits perfectly with the Rockies desire to look at players at multiple positions. He was a quarterback at Mater Dei High in Santa Ana. A third baseman in high school McMahon added first base to his resume in 2016 and last year put in time at second base as well. And he rebounded big time offensively, hitting a combined .355 between Double-A and Triple-A, reinforcing the feeling his struggles in 2016 were three-fold – youngest drafted player in the Double-A Eastern League, learning a new position and playing on a team that did not have a home game.
Scouting Report: McMahon’s rebound last year underscored his determination. He has soft hands and a strong arm, but the reaction time was a concern at third base. The Rockies aren’t hung up on size at second base – two-tme Gold Glove winner and incumbent DJ LeMahieu is the tallest every day second baseman in MLB history. In McMahon’s brief exposure in 2017 he impressed with how he adapted. He has the bat to play at any position with average to above average power. He showed a better strikezone awareness last year, his strikeout total that averaged 153 times in his first three full seasons was reduced to 92 in a season split between the top two teams in the system.
The Future: LeMahieu a potential free agent next fall and Ian Desmond signed with the idea he will eventually become a Ben Zobrist type player, McMahon is most likely going to wind up on the right side of the infield. He will fit well into the middle of the Rockies run-producing offense.