Ryan McMahon
Ryan McMahon
24-Year-Old First Baseman1B
Colorado Rockies
2019 Fantasy Outlook
An impressive camp landed McMahon on the Opening Day roster, playing first base against right-handed pitching. After slashing .180/.317/.200 through April 30, McMahon was farmed to Triple-A Albuquerque. He was recalled May 25 to help fill in at second. After a hot start, McMahon fell back to his unproductive ways and was demoted again June 20. He returned in late July, finishing the season in a reserve role. McMahon slashed .256/.333/.419 over the second half, buoyed by a 1.076 OPS at home. Contact was McMahon's primary shortcoming as he fanned at a 31.7% clip. Entering 2018, it appeared McMahon had made strides in that department. Plus, a 29.9% flyball rate hindered power. Still just 24 years old, McMahon has time to get back on track and tap into the home-run potential he showed in the minors. There's playing time to be had on the right side of the infield, at least versus RHP. Read Past Outlooks
$Signed a contract with the Rockies in June of 2013 that includes a $1.33 million signing bonus.
Could be platoon at 2B
1BColorado Rockies
March 13, 2019
McMahon and Garrett Hampson could share second-base duties to start the season, Patrick Saunders of The Denver Post reports.
As the left-handed hitter, McMahon would benefit greatly from a platoon at second base, while Hampson, who hits right-handed, would see his stock diminish in such a setup. Both players have played well this spring, and nothing has been officially decided, but the fact that Hampson hasn't separated himself means there should be an up arrow next to McMahon and an unfortunate down arrow next to Hampson. At the very least, McMahon seems assured of a roster spot and would be the primary backup at third base and first base, in addition to his duties at the keystone.
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Left/Right Batting Splits
Since 2016
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Since 2016vs Left .881 44 5 1 4 0 .278 .409 .472
Since 2016vs Right .621 182 14 4 16 1 .213 .286 .335
2018vs Left .967 39 5 1 4 0 .313 .436 .531
2018vs Right .618 163 12 4 15 1 .215 .276 .342
2017vs Left .200 5 0 0 0 0 .000 .200 .000
2017vs Right .635 19 2 0 1 0 .200 .368 .267
2016vs Left 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2016vs Right 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
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Since 2016Home .857 125 11 4 15 0 .287 .376 .481
Since 2016Away .445 101 8 1 5 1 .152 .228 .217
2018Home .904 107 10 4 14 0 .309 .383 .521
2018Away .439 95 7 1 5 1 .149 .221 .218
2017Home .548 18 1 0 1 0 .143 .333 .214
2017Away .533 6 1 0 0 0 .200 .333 .200
2016Home 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2016Away 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
It's clear now that 2016 -- a year where McMahon was a league average hitter (101 wRC+) on a Hartford Yard Goats team that had to play all their games on the road -- was the outlier. He has been at least 37 percent better than league average during every other minor-league stint, and was dominant at Double-A and Triple-A in 2017. One could point to good fortune (.381 BABIP at Double-A, .416 BABIP at Triple-A) as the reason for this dominance. However, he got his strikeout rate under 20 percent for the first time in his career, which points to sustainable success. He has plus power, sneaky speed for a corner infielder, and with the help of Coors Field, he could annually flirt with .300. While McMahon is a third baseman by trade, he started 33 games at first base, 23 games at second base and 13 games at the hot corner while at Triple-A. The Rockies are prepping him for an inevitable position change due to Nolan Arenado's presence. He could serve as the big-league first baseman for the bulk of 2018.
McMahon entered the season as a consensus top-50 prospect, and he proceeded to post career-worst full-season numbers in every relevant offensive category other than walk rate (10.3 percent) and steals (11 on 17 attempts). The decline in production coincides with him moving to a neutral hitting environment after taking advantage of the extremely hitter-friendly parks in Low-A Asheville and High-A Modesto during the two previous seasons. McMahon played half his games at first base last year, which sheds some light on the Rockies' long-term plans, as he is blocked at third base by Nolan Arenado. He was essentially a league average hitter in the Eastern League (101 wRC+) while being over three years younger than league average, which would be more encouraging if he still projected to end up on the left side of the infield. Additionally, his 30.1 percent strikeout rate raises concerns about the viability of his hit tool against upper-level pitching.
Since being drafted 42nd overall in 2013, McMahon has done nothing but tear the cover off the ball. He spent all of 2015 at High-A Modesto and for the third straight year the slugging third baseman hit better than .280, with an OBP over .350, a slugging percentage north of .500 and an ISO of at least .220. It is worth noting that in 2014 he spent the entire season with Low-A Asheville, which along with Modesto is one of the most favorable hitting environments in the minors, so his numbers should not be taken entirely at face value. That said, he will begin his age-21 season at Double-A, coming off back-to-back 18-homer seasons, so McMahon is undeniably advanced with the bat. He might be just two years away from being big league ready, at which point the Rockies may need to consider moving McMahon to first base, where the bat should still be able to play, that is if Nolan Arenado is the long-term option at the hot corner.
McMahon was the toast of the Sally League last April, homering nine times in the month and looking every bit the part of the advanced left-handed hitter with pop the Rockies believed they netted when they drafted him in 2013. His slugging tailed off to more modest levels after that, but McMahon still enjoyed a successful campaign, finishing with a .282/.358/.502 line over his 552 plate appearances. While he still struggles with making contact (25.9 K%) and noticed a fairly significant gulf in both his home/road and lefty/righty splits, McMahon was a year or more younger than most of his compatriots at Low-A and made up for the high strikeout totals by posting a quality 9.8% walk rate. Nolan Arenado looks to be the Rockies’ long-term answer at third base, but McMahon will likely remain at the position again at High-A Modesto this season before perhaps moving to a corner outfield spot if and when his well-rounded offensive skills warrant a promotion to the upper levels of the minors.
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Swinging hot bat in spring games
1BColorado Rockies
March 5, 2019
McMahon has hit well so far this spring, with nine hits and one homer in his first 18 at-bats.
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In competition for starting gig
1BColorado Rockies
February 18, 2019
McMahon will have a chance to win the starting job at second base during spring training, Patrick Saunders of The Denver Post reports.
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Smacks walkoff homer
1BColorado Rockies
August 11, 2018
McMahon went 1-for-4 with a walkoff three-run homer in Saturday's win over the Dodgers.
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Doubles twice in victory
1BColorado Rockies
July 29, 2018
McMahon went 2-for-4 with two doubles, a run scored and one RBI in Sunday's 3-2 win over Oakland.
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Called up and starting
1BColorado Rockies
July 29, 2018
McMahon has been called up from Triple-A Albuquerque and will start at first base Sunday against the Athletics, Patrick Saunders of The Denver Post reports.
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