Continued growth from Ryan McMahon
Lost in a lot of the frustration of last year’s 71-91 mark, Ryan McMahon took a huge leap forward in his development.
McMahon, who just turned 25 earlier this month, slashed .250/.329/.450 with 24 home runs and 83 RBI in 141 games last season. His marks for homers and RBI were a franchise record by a primary second baseman.
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And it isn’t just at the plate where McMahon made an impact last season.
We know the left side of the infield is secure with Nolan Arenado and Trevor Story. McMahon, however, brought a sense of security on the right side with his defense. Daniel Murphy’s issues at first base have been well documented. McMahon’s range and abilities made a difference last season, much like DJ LeMahieu did during his tenure at Coors Field.
Was McMahon on LeMahieu’s level defensively? No, but that’s the hope eventually as he continues to grow in his role.
The growth Rockies fans saw from McMahon from 2018 to 2019 was impressive. Now, likely entering 2020 as the starter at second base and free from a great deal of competition for that spot (unlike last season), what kind of growth will McMahon show this season? If it as anywhere near the same level as 2019, it could be an extremely special season for RyMac.