McMa­hon, a top prospect, gets call

The Denver Post - - SPORTS - By Pa­trick Saun­ders

MI­AMI» The time is now for Rock­ies prospect Ryan McMa­hon.

The club se­lected the in­fielder’s con­tract Fri­day be­fore its game against Mi­ami, adding him to the 25man ros­ter. He was in uni­form Fri­day night, wear­ing jersey No. 1.

He was not, how­ever, in the start­ing lineup. That was OK with him.

“I am ready for what­ever role they need me. I’ll do what I can to help,” said McMa­hon, who was se­lected in the sec­ond round of the 2013 draft. “I’m so ex­cited just to be here and help the club. There are a lot of cool things hap­pen­ing up here and I wanted to be a part of that.”

In cor­re­spond­ing moves, the Rock­ies op­tioned out­fielder Raimel Tapia to Triple-A and des­ig­nated mi­nor-league left-handed pitcher Sam Moll for as­sign­ment, clear­ing a spot on the 40-man ros­ter for McMa­hon.

McMa­hon can play first, sec­ond and third base, but man­ager Bud Black made it clear that McMa­hon will pri­mar­ily be used as a first base­man, at least un­til Ian Des­mond comes off the dis­abled list. Des­mond went on the DL on July 28 (retroac­tive to July 26) for the sec­ond time with a right calf strain.

“With Ryan, we felt that we needed some help with Mark (Reynolds) at first base,” Black said. “Mark got a hand in­jury the other day, so we wanted to make sure we were cov­ered there.”

Reynolds was in the start­ing lineup Fri­day night, de­spite his sore left hand.

McMa­hon, 22, has played 108 mi­nor-league games this sea­son, scald­ing pitch­ers at Dou­ble-A Hart­ford and Triple-A Al­bu­querque. McMa­hon, who bats left and throws right, hit a com­bined .354 (152-for-429) with 71 runs scored, 37 dou­bles, three triples, 19 home runs, 82 RBIs and 11 stolen bases. He has made 49 starts at first base, 32 at sec­ond and 24 at third this sea­son.

“I’ve just been slow­ing the game down and stay­ing con­sis­tent with the things I know re­ally well,” McMa­hon said.

With the amount of at­bats McMa­hon has had this sea­son, Black is not wor­ried about us­ing McMa­hon in a util­ity role.

“We still have Mark Reynolds as our pri­mary first base­man,” Black said. “Ryan will pop in there from time to time. We are here to win games and we think he will help us.”

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