It took Matt McLain a bit of time to get on the field after his college season ended. This year Major League Baseball held the draft 5 weeks later than it usually does so that they could showcase it during the All-Star break. While I’m sure the executives at MLB loved it, everyone who actually works in baseball development hated it. And they hated it for good reason: It kept guys off of the field for an addition 5-6 weeks that they normally would have gotten playing time, and for some pitchers it means that they won’t pitch at all this season after being drafted because they didn’t throw in games for 6-8 weeks before they signed and ramping them up now would be dangerous.
Cincinnati has signed all 22 of their draft picks. Not a single pitcher has been activated yet. Only five draft picks have been activated out of the Reds draft class, but last night saw their 1st round pick, Matt McLain activated out in Goodyear and he was immediately placed in the starting lineup at shortstop and had him batting in the leadoff spot. Far more advanced than much of the competition, McLain is basically with the complex level team just to get back into the groove of things after not playing in games for June or July after his college season came to an end. His advanced ability showed right away.
In his first at-bat of his career he tripled. Unfortunately he was trying for an inside-the-park home run and was thrown out at the plate as he tried to score. The now former UCLA Bruin shortstop would also add a double later in the game and finished his debut going 2-3 with two extra-base hits. He will likely spend a few more days in Arizona before heading off to a full season affiliate.