McMahon mashing in comeback campaign
Rockies prospect has bounced back in a big way across upper Minors
LAS VEGAS -- Ryan McMahon put together the worst statistical season of his professional career in 2016, but he has bounced back in a big way this year.
After hitting .242 in 133 games with Double-A Hartford last year, McMahon batted .326 through 49 games this season before he was promoted to Triple-A Albuquerque.
Now with the Isotopes, McMahon has continued to rake, slashing .384/.411/.658 through 34 games.
So what changed? What adjustments did the Rockies' No. 4 prospect make to get back on track and earn a spot in last week's Futures Game as well as PCL Player of the Month honors for June?
"Just getting more consistent and doing what I need to do," McMahon said. "I know what I need to do and I'm doing it daily, sticking to my routine and playing hard. That's all it is."
McMahon admittedly strayed from his offensive approach, made some unnecessary adjustments and struggled as a result. The 22-year-old looked to get back to his old form for the 2017 season, so he went back to his old stomping grounds.
Over the offseason McMahon went back to his former high school, Mater Dei, in Southern California where he worked with former big leaguer Adam Kennedy, as well as his old high school coach Burt Call, in the batting cage.
"I love going back there," McMahon said. "It was a really special place for me. I have great memories and will always have great memories. They have that great tradition of winning. It was fun to be a part of while I was there, and if some of the baseball guys pick something up while I'm there, I'm glad to help."
The offseason work has clearly paid dividends for McMahon, who is now knocking on the door of a Major League callup. But it's also beneficial to the high school students who get a chance to pick the brain of a top prospect.
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"We have a pretty good relationship and he's always given back to the program," Call said. "Coming out and working with the younger players when he comes out. He's really down to earth and always remembers where he came from."
McMahon's first half put him back on track, but as he learned a season ago, things can go south in a hurry if a player falls out of his routine and begins to overthink things. So, with that in mind, McMahon's approach for the second half is simple.
"Just keep doing what I was doing the first half, keep staying consistent and keep showing the type of player that I am," McMahon said.