McMahon, a top prospect, gets call
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.”