SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- Rockies corner infield prospect Ryan McMahon was admittedly tired in November. But he wasn't burned out in the least.McMahon played a full season at Double-A Hartford, which didn't have a home stadium and therefore spent the season on the road, then played in the Arizona Fall League.
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- Rockies corner infield prospect Ryan McMahon was admittedly tired in November. But he wasn't burned out in the least.
McMahon played a full season at Double-A Hartford, which didn't have a home stadium and therefore spent the season on the road, then played in the Arizona Fall League. Then he rested. Briefly.
"I went home for like a week and watched my brother play a little bit of football and hung with my brother and sister a little bit," he said. "Then I was back here a week after that."
There's good reason that McMahon can't get enough baseball. He has quite the future in it. The Rockies' second-round pick in 2013 out of Mater Dei High School in Santa Ana, Calif., McMahon was ranked the organization's No. 6 prospect at last season's end.
The 2016 numbers weren't eye-popping -- .242 with a .325 on-base percentage, 12 home runs and 75 RBIs at Hartford and .247/.348, one homer and nine RBIs in the Fall League. But he didn't turn 22 until Dec. 14, so he was young for Double-A. And he was named to the AFL Fall Stars Game, during which he launched a home run.
McMahon exited the year with a plan.
"I have some checkpoints I go through -- nothing too specific, just posture, stuff like that," McMahon said. "It's consistently getting off the best version of my swing."
Drafted as a third baseman, McMahon started learning first base last season and in the Fall League. He said he is splitting his time evenly at the positions in practice sessions.
His positions aren't open. There's four-time Rawlings Gold Glove winner Nolan Arenado at third and Ian Desmond under a five-year, $70 million contract at first base. If the Rockies are relevant in the standings as they expect, McMahon potentially could be of interest to other teams in trades.
But McMahon isn't thinking that far.
"The guys here, the superstars, they make it real easy on us guys coming up," McMahon said. "They're very inviting. They're very cool and make us feel pretty comfortable, so we can trust our abilities and get after it."
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