McMahon has the floor of a workhorse-like number three starter, with the ceiling of a future ace. The added bonus is that, with him being a junior and nothing left to prove at the college level, he should be an easy sign and hit the ground running.
It took Gray just two years to make his debut, and I see a similar trajectory for McMahon. So 2022 is not out of the question, but with all that is going on and this being a lost summer, spring of 2023 is when I believe he will lace up for his first camp.
Below you can see what MLB.com had to say about him before the draft.
"The right-hander has more than enough stuff to succeed as a starter at the next level. His fastball is up to 95-96 mph consistently, with late action on it down in the zone, and he was up to 98 mph this fall. He knows how to spin a breaking ball, but it gets caught in between being a curve and slider, looking more like the former. He has a very good feel for his changeup that can miss bats and get ground-ball outs. When he’s on, McMahon combines athleticism, stuff, feel for pitching and command to make him a complete package. With an arm action that can be a little deep, he can get flat and gets hit more than he should. He got out front more consistently and didn’t leave pitches up for Team USA and early this spring, solidifying his spot as one of the more solid college arms in the class."
This all sums up to yet another A+ in my book. To come out of the first two rounds with three potential future starters and three players that were considered at least top five at their position isn’t just a home run, it’s a GRAND-SLAM (I told you, I’ll be here all week!).
The Rockies needed an influx of talent to their system, specifically in the outfield, at catcher, and starting pitcher. They nailed all three in just two rounds of work in the 2020 MLB Draft. All three will come in as the most talented, if not most polished products, in the system at their respective positions. And now we not only got RyMac raking, but now a C-Mac cuttin’ ’em down.