Ryan McMahon split his minor-league season between Double-A Hartford and Triple-A Albuquerque, learning to play second base in addition to first base and third base. And he made a big enough impression in his time with the Isotopes to be selected as the ninth-best prospect in the Triple-A Pacific Coast League by Baseball America.
What Baseball America had to say:
9. Ryan McMahon, 1B/2B, Albuquerque (Rockies) |
Age: 22 B-T: L-R Ht.: 6-2 Wt.: 185 Drafted: HS—Santa Ana, Calif., 2013 (2)
McMahon reduced his strikeout rate markedly this season to about 18 percent, all while maintaining power and connecting for a career-high 20 home runs. He has a long, lean frame and large strike zone, but he improved his plate coverage this season by leveling his swing. He lost loft in his swing in the process, but enhanced selectivity helped his power play.
Drafted as a third baseman, McMahon has struggled to find a position. He first learned to play first base in 2016 and then added second base this season. He has the athleticism to man second and third as a fringe-average defender but probably fits best at first.Read more:
McMahon, 22, was the Rockies second-round selection in 2013. His minor-league log: