Matt McLain

22-Year-Old ShortstopSS
Cincinnati Reds AA
2022 Fantasy Outlook
The Reds gave McLain the ninth-largest bonus in the 2021 draft ($4.625 million) after selecting him with the 17th-overall pick. His hit tool and plus speed are the top selling points, but he has sneaky pop as well. He hit .333/.434/.579 with nine home runs, nine steals (on 10 attempts) and a 34:34 K:BB in 47 games as a junior at UCLA. McLain was one of three first-round hitters to get tested with an assignment to High-A (Henry Davis and Sal Frelick were the others), and he handled himself quite well, logging a .273/.387/.424 slash line (127 wRC+), 20.2 K% and 14.3 BB%. He also stole 10 bases on 12 tries in 29 games. If the hit tool is as good as it seems, McClain's defensive versatility -- he can handle all three up-the-middle positions -- and plus speed will allow him to play almost every day and chip in around 20 steals. His eventual power output is TBD, but he could become a 15-20 homer threat, potentially settling in as a valuable five-category contributor with multi-position eligibility. Read Past Outlooks
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$Signed a $4.63 million contract with the Reds in July of 2021.
Power on full display
SSCincinnati Reds  AA
May 5, 2022
McLain has four home runs and nine RBI with three strikeouts and zero walks over his last three games for Double-A Chattanooga.
Unfairly labeled by some as a light-hitting shortstop coming out of college, McLain is proving to have all the tools through his first month at Double-A. The 22-year-old shortstop is hitting .278/.363/.696 with seven home runs, five steals on five attempts, a 9.9 BB% and a 26.4 K% in 91 plate appearances. The strikeout rate is a bit high, but the Reds certainly seem to have nailed their first-round pick in last year's draft.
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Flashing skills in Double-A
SSCincinnati Reds  AA
April 27, 2022
McLain is hitting .278/.365/.593 with three homers, three steals, 12 RBI and 13 runs across 15 games for Double-A Chattanooga.
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Reassigned to minor-league camp
SSCincinnati Reds  AA
March 26, 2022
McLain was reassigned to minor-league spring training Saturday, C. Trent Rosecrans of The Athletic reports.
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Gets camp invitation
SSCincinnati Reds  AA
March 11, 2022
McLain was invited to the Reds' big-league camp Friday, Charlie Goldsmith of The Cincinnati Enquirer reports.
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Assigned to High-A
SSCincinnati Reds  AA
August 11, 2021
McLain debuted for High-A Dayton on Wednesday, starting at shortstop while going 4-for-5 with a home run, a double and five RBI.
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Goes 17th overall to Reds
SSCincinnati Reds  AA
July 11, 2021
The Reds have selected McLain with the 17th overall pick in the 2021 first-year player draft.
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