When Colorado Rockies third baseman Ryan McMahon wins the Gold Glove this season, here is the highlight reel play you will see played during the announcement.
In the opening inning of Colorado’s game against the Atlanta Braves on Saturday night at Coors Field, Rockies third baseman Ryan McMahon once again showed his range on a grounder by Jorge Soler in what will go down as a 5-3 putout in the scorebook … but was much more than that.
Here is the defensive highlight from Colorado Rockies third baseman Ryan McMahon against the Atlanta Braves
Entering play on Saturday night, McMahon paced Major League Baseball with 22 Defensive Runs Saved (DRS) and 2.6 defensive WAR (per Baseball Reference). Of the 22 DRS, 14 have come at third base (the most in all of MLB) while eight have come at second base (the fourth-most in MLB).
This season, McMahon has started 42 games at second base while starting 74 at third base.
Of course, one of McMahon’s biggest competitors for the Gold Glove will be the player who he replaced at third base for the Rockies. That would be Nolan Arenado, who has won the Gold Glove eight consecutive seasons heading into the 2021 campaign and was traded to the St. Louis Cardinals in the offseason.
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This season, heading into Saturday’s play, Arenado had 5 DRS. Meanwhile, Ke’Bryan Hayes of the Pittsburgh Pirates is tied with McMahon with 14 DRS at the hot corner.
McMahon has a habit of filling in more than admirably for Rockies All-Stars when they depart the team. To start the 2019 season, he took over at second base after DJ LeMahieu signed with the New York Yankees.
He also sets a high bar for the Rockies on defense, but Colorado is solid at all positions on the defensive front. Colorado’s 67 DRS are the most in MLB and the Rockies have a positive DRS at every position with the exception of center field.
McMahon has certainly built an argument to earn his first Gold Glove this season. With plays like the one he made on Saturday night, the highlight reel just keeps growing.