With Mark Reynolds hitting free agency and Ian Desmond expected to see most of his playing time in left field this season, McMahon is set to enter camp atop the team's depth chart at first base. While the highly regarded prospect appears to have the inside track on the starting gig, he'll still have to prove he deserves the job during spring training, as Colorado could ultimately choose to move Desmond to first base or re-sign Reynolds if McMahon fails to seize the job during Cactus League play. Despite struggling in his first taste of the majors last year -- going just 3-for-19 in a September callup -- the 23-year-old excelled in the upper minors, hitting a combined .355/.403/.583 with 20 homers and 39 doubles in 119 games between Double-A Hartford and Triple-A Albuquerque.
McMahon went just 1-for-10 with a run scored following his September callup.
McMahon spent most of the past month on the bench with the Rockies competing for a playoff spot, but don't let that fool you. The 22-year-old is one of the top prospects in the Rockies' organization, especially after producing a 1.023 OPS in his first taste of Triple-A this year. He's knocking on the door of the big leagues heading into 2018, although playing time may be hard to come given the presence of Ian Desmond and Gerardo Parra as options for first base and Nolan Arenado locked in as the starting third baseman for the foreseeable future.
McMahon will rejoin the big-league club prior to this weekend's series against the Diamondbacks after spending the last couple weeks with Triple-A Albuquerque. The prospect appeared in a few games with the Rockies in mid-August, going 2-for-9 at the plate during his first taste of the majors. Moving forward, McMahon will serve as infield depth as the club looks to secure a spot in the NL wild card game.
McMahon was optioned to Triple-A Albuquerque on Friday.
McMahon made a pair of starts and logged a couple appearances off the bench during his week-long stint with the big club, going 2-for-9 with a double, two walks and a strikeout. He figures to be back no later than Sept. 1, but an increase in playing time upon his return is not a given even with his .354/.401/.587 line at the upper levels of the minors this year. This move leaves Alexi Amarista and Pat Valaika as the Rockies' backup infielders.
McMahon is starting at first base and batting seventh during Sunday's game against the Marlins, Patrick Saunders of The Denver Post reports.
McMahon will draw his first major-league start as Mark Reynolds heads to the bench for a day of rest. Consistent playing time may be hard to come by for the impressive prospect, but if he's able to make the most of his early opportunities he could work himself into a more regular role with the big-league club moving forward. He'll get his first true test Sunday against Vance Worley and the Marlins.
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