The very moment the Colorado Rockies selected Ryan McMahon with their second pick in the 2013 Draft, the questions began to arise about where he would play.
Sure, he was barely out of high school and still four years away from making his MLB debut, but his overwhelming skillset and advanced mind for the game made it clear, at least to me, that his call-up was an inevitability.
But just one month before the draft, Colorado debuted a new third baseman who you may have heard of before. It took a moment for Nolan Arenado to catch on in the national conversation as a superstar but those with a wide-angle view of the organization suddenly saw a cornerstone playing the same position as one of the club’s most promising prospects.
Additionally, with McMahon’s athleticism, the writing was on the wall that his days of regularly patrolling the hot corner would have to be limited if he was going to find his place.
Over the last two years, the former high school quarterback has added first and second base to his resume, showing a particular affinity for first, employing his 6’3 frame for optimal use.
But even the willingness to find a new position hasn’t cleared a path for McMahon. Now in his rookie season, rewarded with a 25-man roster spot after an excellent spring training, he is still looking for his place on the roster, and his stride in the batter’s box.