Matt McLain

Matt McLain

24-Year-Old Second Baseman2B
Cincinnati Reds
60-Day IL
Injury Shoulder
Est. Return 8/2/2024
2024 Fantasy Outlook
McLain showed the makings of an incredibly well-rounded player in 89 games as a rookie before an oblique injury ended his season at the end of August. Following his mid-May call-up, McLain slashed .290/.357/.507 with 16 home runs and 14 steals in 19 attempts, briefly putting himself in the Rookie of the Year conversation alongside Corbin Carroll. Statcast throws some cold water on his debut, saying he overperformed his batting average by 35 points (.255 xBA) and his slugging by a whopping 72 points (.435 xSLG). His strikeout and walk rates leave something to be desired (28.5 K%, 7.7 BB%), but McLain showed better plate skills in the minors and should put more balls in play moving forward at the super-hitter-friendly Great American Ball Park. Despite the caveats, the Reds have to be excited about what the 2021 first-round pick showed in his first exposure to big-league pitching. McLain is also a plus defender and enters 2024 with eligibility at both shortstop and second base. Read Past Outlooks
RANKSFrom Preseason
#119
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$Signed a one-year contract with the Reds in March of 2024.
Cleared for throwing
2BCincinnati Reds
Shoulder
May 11, 2024
McLain (shoulder) was cleared Friday to throw and run, Mark Sheldon of MLB.com reports.
ANALYSIS
McLain could start swinging a bat in about six weeks, which the infielder said would help determine a clearer timeline to complete his rehab. Both McLain and manager David Bell reaffirmed the goal for McLain to return this season.
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Left/Right Batting Splits
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+21%
OPS vs LHP
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+21%
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OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2022vs Left .995 101 17 6 17 5 .326 .386 .609
Since 2022vs Right .820 302 48 10 33 9 .278 .348 .473
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2023vs Left .995 101 17 6 17 5 .326 .386 .609
2023vs Right .820 302 48 10 33 9 .278 .348 .473
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+26%
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+26%
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Since 2022Home .977 181 32 10 26 5 .304 .381 .596
Since 2022Away .774 222 33 6 24 9 .279 .338 .436
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2023Home .977 181 32 10 26 5 .304 .381 .596
2023Away .774 222 33 6 24 9 .279 .338 .436
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
2023
2022
McLain hit seven homers and stole seven bases while hitting .271 in his first 23 games at Double-A. From there, he hit .217 with 10 home runs and 20 steals, and his elevated strikeout rate and elevated walk rate remained stable. The generously-listed 5-foot-11 middle infielder (likely to end up at second base) didn't chase at an alarming clip, but he also didn't swing enough at pitches in the zone, and when he did swing, he was taking mighty hacks and making contact at a poor 65.8% clip. The hope with McLain when the Reds selected him with the 17th overall pick in 2021 was that he would have at least an above-average hit tool with plus speed and sneaky power. Unfortunately, it seems like McLain is trying to be a three-true outcome hitter without possessing plus raw power, and he is less appealing in fantasy because of it. The Reds now have an abundance of infield prospect depth, and McLain doesn't rank among the best of the bunch.
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.
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2BCincinnati Reds
Shoulder
May 2, 2024
McLain (shoulder) is about a week away from a follow-up appointment that will give the Reds a better idea on his return timetable, Gordon Wittenmyer of The Cincinnati Enquirer reports.
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Moves to 60-day IL
2BCincinnati Reds
Shoulder
March 28, 2024
The Reds transferred McLain (shoulder) to the 60-day injured list Thursday.
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Placed on 10-day IL
2BCincinnati Reds
Shoulder
March 27, 2024
The Reds placed McLain (shoulder) on the 10-day injured list Wednesday.
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Undergoes shoulder surgery
2BCincinnati Reds
Shoulder
March 27, 2024
McLain underwent surgery Tuesday to repair cartilage damage and the labrum in his left shoulder, Charlie Goldsmith of The Cincinnati Enquirer reports.
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Being evaluated Monday
2BCincinnati Reds
Shoulder
March 25, 2024
Reds manager David Bell said that McLain (shoulder) will be evaluated Monday, Charlie Goldsmith of The Cincinnati Enquirer reports.
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