Wednesday Farm Report: McMahon Settling In, Heating Up
After an early season where he was bouncing from a bench job in the big leagues to regular playing time with Triple-A Albuquerque, Ryan McMahon, the Rockies No. 2 ranked prospect, is back on track.
McMahon drove in the Isotopes only run in a 3-1 loss to at Oklahoma City, and is now 15-for-41 with five doubles, a triple, two home runs and 10 RBI in his last nine games, raising his average 20 points to .285. He has driven in 22 runs in 20 games during the month of July.
McMahon, 23, is the youngest position player on the Isotopes roster. His ability to deal with the inconsistent role he was asked to fill earlier in the season, and rebound so well underscores the belief in his potential, and ability to make adjustments.
It's not unlike two years ago when, in his first year at Double-A, he hit .242 and struck out 161 times with a Hartford team that played the entire season on the road, and he was making the adjustment from third base to first base.
He came back a year ago, and hit a combined .355 with 20 home runs and 88 RBI, striking out 92 times, between Hartford (.326, 49 games) and Albuquerque (.374, 70 games).
In Tuesday's Games
AAA Albuquerque (49-53) lost 3-1 at Oklahoma City. Jeff Hoffman allowed one hit through the first five innings, but failed to get out of the sixth inning, giving up three runs and being ejected by home plate umpire Junior Valentine as he headed to the dugout for questioning the strikezone.
AA Hartford (49-50) lost 1-0 at Trenton. The Yard Goats had 10 hits -- all singles -- and left eight runners on base in being shut out for the third time in five games. Hartford was hitless in seven at-bats with runners in scoring position. Evan Grills (2-3, 3.57) suffered the loss despite allowing one run on six hits in six innings. He struck out four and did not issue a walk.
High A Lancaster (19-14 2nd half; 52-51) won 8-6, ending Lake Elsinore's seven-game winning streak. The Jet Hawks led 8-1 by the end of the third. Wes Rogers (.273) and Colton Welker (.317) extended hitting streaks to 10 games. Rogers and Luis Castro (.500) hit back-to-back home runs in the third. Antonio Santos (2-1, 4.78) allowed three runs on five hits in seven innings. He struck out four and did not walk a batter. Reid Humphreys earned his 22nd save, two shy of the franchise record.
Low A Asheville (15-13 2nd half; 42-55) was rained out against Lexington
Short-Season A Boise (1-0 2nd half; 22-17) won 5-3 at Hillsboro. LJ Hatch (.214) was 2-for-2 with two runs scored and two RBI. Nick Bush (1-2, 3.91) allowed two runs on two hits and a walk, striking out three, in five innings. PJ Poulin (0.00) earned his fourth save.
Rookie Grand Junction (20-18) lost 6-3 against Great Falls. Grant Lavigne (.374) was 2-for-4 with a double, triple and two runs scored. Alfredo Garcia (2-4, 5.75) allowed five runs on seven hits in five innings, striking out one.
Dominican Summer League South (18-25) won 6-5 against the Yankees. Gerard Ramos (.243) was 3-for-4, and singled home the game-winning run. Richard Cespedes (2-2, 4.40) struck out two in one inning to earn the victory. Juan Mejia (4.67) started and allowed five runs, four earned, on seven hits and three walks, striking out four.
Dominican Summer League Northeast (26-16) won 12-1 at the Giants. Wuardo Fernandez (2-0, 4.88) allowed one run on five hits and two walks, striking out six, in five innings. Eddy Diaz (.282) was 3-for-4 with a triple, run scored and two RBI.