Born: Dec. 14, 1994 (21 years old)
Ht/Wt: 6'2", 185 lbs
Drafted: 2nd Round, 42nd Overall in 2013
Who Is Ryan McMahon?
Ryan McMahon was a two-sport star at football powerhouse Mater Dei High School, where he followed in the footsteps of a pair of Heisman Trophy winners in Matt Leinart and John Huarte—as well as NFL players Matt Barkley and Colt Brennan—and quarterbacked the football team.
However, unlike those guys, his future was always on the baseball diamond.
The Colorado Rockies took him in the second round of the 2013 draft and signed him away from a commitment to USC with a $1.328 million bonus, and he immediately turned heads with an impressive performance in the Pioneer League.
He's progressed steadily through the system the past two years and continued to hit every step of the way, putting him in position to make the big jump to Double-A in the year ahead.
With Joey Gallo struggling this past season and Rafael Devers still in the lower levels of the minors, a legitimate case can be made for McMahon currently being the best third base prospect in the game.
He generates good power with a smooth left-handed swing and has shown a willingness to take a walk (8.8 percent walk rate), though he still needs to cut down on his strikeouts (27.5 percent strikeout rate) to reach his full potential.
He's also special with the glove at third base, as MLB.com's Prospect Watch explained: "Defensively, he has the chance to be as good as the Gold Glover currently in Colorado, Nolan Arenado, with great hands, a strong throwing arm and outstanding instincts at the hot corner."
The presence of the 24-year-old Arenado in Colorado makes McMahon's long-term role with the team something of a question mark, and he could wind up being a valuable trade chip in the Rockies' ongoing search for pitching.
Wherever he winds up, McMahon has all the tools to be a perennial All-Star once he arrives in the big leagues.