AAA Albuquerque Isotopes (35-34, Second in PCL-Pacific Southern)
It came down the pipeline today that Ryan McMahon was named the Pacific Coast League Player of the Week for June 12-18. Pretty impressive for a guy that has been playing Triple-A ball for just two weeks. If you watch the highlight of McMahon’s most recent homer, you’ll see the opposition’s center fielder just collapse on the warning track as if to say “what do we have to do!?”. The gesture is pretty symbolic of how the league must feel about McMahon’s current play.
In 67 at-bats in the PCL, McMahon is 30-for-67. That is an outrageous .448 average to go along with five dingers and 19 RBIs. Just 22-years-old, McMahon is closing in on 2,000 ABs in his minor league career. To put that in comparison, Nolan Arenado had approximately 1,700 ABs at the time of his Big League promotion.
It is clear that McMahon is need of a new challenge. The Rockies have several options on how they could handle McMahon. The most likely being that McMahon will be part of trade deadline deal or be a September call-up that could contribute down the line. Either way, it will be interesting to see how the front office plays it.
In other recent Isotopes’ news, left-hander Tyler Anderson is attempting to work through health and effectiveness issues. In his lone start at Triple-A, Anderson took the loss but allowed just one earned run in five innings pitched. Also making a rehab start was Jon Gray, who allowed five hits and one earned run while striking out seven over 4.1 innings on Monday night.