6. Ryan McMahon
A star baseball and football player in high school (same high school as Matt Leinhart), Ryan McMahon was selected in the second-round of the 2013 draft by Colorado. McMahon has produced at every level so far in his minor league career, thus earning him an assignment to Double-A Hartford to start 2016. Things haven’t gone as planned however, through 105 games McMahon is hitting just .245 with 10 home runs and 65 RBIs.
At just age 21, McMahon has plenty of time to figure things out but must cut down on his strike-outs (129 k’s in those 105 games). Defensively, McMahon has the arm for third base but has led the league in errors at the hot corner…..twice. The errors combined with the fact that Nolan Arenado is the Rockies franchise cornerstone means that McMahon will most likely be playing first base when he makes it to the majors, which could solve a revolving door of sorts for the Rockies if he can produce at the plate in the bigs.
Hartford has been playing McMahon at first sparingly to add that versatility piece to his resume. As of right now, McMahon’s power features as his greatest tool of getting through the farm system. But like it was stated above, McMahon needs to polish his approach a little at the plate. Right now, McMahon is ranked as MLB’s number five prospect at third base and projects to break the big leagues sometime in 2017.
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