Today’s entry to the 2020 Major League Baseball Draft Scouting Report series (you can read all of the reports here) is for right-handed pitcher from Miami, Chris McMahon. He’s currently rated as the #30 prospect in the draft by Baseball America, the #47 prospect by Fangraphs, and #29 by MLB Pipeline.
The 2018 Season
Seen as a potential 2nd/3rd round pick in 2017, Chris McMahon slid to the 33rd round before being selected by the Atlanta Braves. Rather than sign he took his talents to Miami where he pitched for the Hurricanes. As a freshman he made 4 starts and pitched in 2 games as a reliever. A knee injury cost him most of the season, though, as he tossed just 26.1 innings with a 4.44 ERA, 9 walks, and 18 strikeouts.
The 2019 Season
As a sophomore, Chris McMahon made 12 starts for Miami and posted a 3.73 ERA in 60.1 innings. He walked 23 batters and had 67 strikeouts, but once again battled an injury -shoulder tendonitis – that kept him off the mound a little bit during the season. The shoulder issue subsided by the summer, though, and he joined Team USA and looked strong during the time he was on the mound.
The 2020 Season
Building off of his time with Team USA the previous summer, Chris McMahon was out to a strong start for the Hurricanes in 2020. He made 4 starts before the season came to an end, posting a 1.05 ERA in 25.2 innings with just 5 walks allowed, and he picked up 38 strikeouts against the 100 hitters that he faced.
Chris McMahon College Stats
(stats while at Miami)
Chris McMahon Video
Chris McMahon Scouting Report
Height: 6′ 2″ | Weight: 205 lbs
Bats: Right | Throws: Right
Position(s): Right-handed pitcher
Chris McMahon’s fastball works in the mid-90’s and he’s been up to 98. The pitch has plenty of movement on it, too. He’ll mix in an above-average slider as well as an above-average change up. Three potentially above-average pitches fits into a a future starters profile, though he has struggled at times in the past to show them all at that level at the same time. That could be due to his inconsistent mechanics in the past.
Where the concern could be
He’s battled some injuries throughout his college career and that’s led to a lesser track record than many other college starting pitchers in the 1st round conversation. There’s been some inconsistency, perhaps due to those injuries – but that is a bit of a concern. From a stuff perspective, he feels like he should go higher than he’s currently rated among the national publications. The track record and injury history, while not bad, does leave a little bit of “wish we could have seen more” feel, too.