Hitting fifth in the Rockies’ “perfect lineup” and playing second base is Ryan McMahon.
McMahon has to develop more with his bat and that is, by far, his biggest issue.
As the peripheral stats show, his main problem is that he strikes out in nearly 40 percent of his at-bats when the league strikes out about 25 percent of the time, which is an all-time high in and of itself. When he does make contact, he hits the ball well as his wOBACON (weighted on-base average on contact) is 46 points above league average, his hard-hit percentage is 43 percent (league average is 34.9 percent), and his exit velocity is above league average.
He is just worse than league average in launch angle, strikeout rate, and results (the thing that matters the most). In 2020, he hit .215/.295/.419 with an OPS+ of 79. In many aspects, he was the opposite of Josh Fuentes in 2020: the numbers seem to indicate that Fuentes had every break go for him and McMahon ran into some bad luck.
With being in the five slot, McMahon’s bat must develop for the Rockies to be contenders. If his bat does not progress in 2021, McMahon may find himself out of a roster spot.