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Thursday, March 29, 2018

2018 FANTASY BASEBALL STATUS REPORT: RYAN McMAHON BREAKOUT SETUP IN PLACE

                                                               

When 2018 spring training first got underway around baseball, we told you all to keep a close eye on what happens with Colorado Rockies first base prospect Ryan McMahon in terms of making the team and thus being put in position for a possible breakout.  A very smooth-swinger who has some good but not great power, McMahon reminds you of a John Olerud-type player which certainly carries some intriguing potential in fantasy baseball.  After all, McMahon batted a scorching .326 (Double-A) and .374 (Triple-A) last season with 20 combined home runs and even managed 11 stolen bases which can be very valuable at the speed-deprived first base.  Still just 23, McMahon will likely split time at first base early on with Ian Desmond but a hot start by the former could absolutely push the disappointing veteran.  Again we are talking about a lock for a .300 hitter here and maybe quite higher to the .315 range given how McMahon both draws walks and doesn't strike out much in the least.  Yes, he is a bit groundball-heavy but McMahon's location in Coors Field for his home runs and incredibly advanced hitting approach for his age make him a potentially major fantasy baseball value going forward into the season.  While he carries only UTIL eligibility right now, McMahon should be added everywhere and quick. 


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