A 1st round draft pick in 2018, Matt McLain chose to not sign with Arizona and head off to UCLA where he’s been a 3-year starter for the Bruins. After a tough freshman year he has broken through on the offensive side of things.
Matt McLain Scouting Report
Height: 5′ 11″ | Weight: 170
Bats: Right | Throws: Right | Position: Shortstop
Highest Ranking: 10th (Baseball America)
Selected 25th overall in 2018 by the Diamondbacks, Matt McLain has been on the radar of scouts for a while now. He struggled as a freshman, hitting just .203/.276/.355 back in 2019. Things have turned around quite a bit in the last two seasons as he’s hit .349/.431/.589.
McLain impresses scouts with his ability to hit and with his speed. He projects to hit for a high average and should be capable of stealing plenty of bases. While he is a shortstop and could be a guy who sticks there, he’s likely a below-average defender at short and projects better defensively at second base. He spent his freshman year in the outfield and with his speed there’s a belief that he could also play in center field if asked. There is concern about just how much power he can hit for, with most scouts grading his power out as below-average with 12-15 home runs being the projection for him.
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Updated: July 11th
The Cincinnati Reds wound up selecting Matt McLain. Here’s our draft night write up with more information on the pick.
For this draft scouting report series we are going to look at prospects rated 6th through 50th in a cumulative ranking based on the Baseball America, MLB Pipeline, ESPN, and Fangraphs draft rankings. The guys in the top five seem to have no chance of dropping to Cincinnati at 17, so we’re skipping them to focus a little more on guys with more of a shot to be Reds. The national rankings are updated throughout the month leading up to the draft, so there could be some slight changes from when the cumulative list was compiled and when you read this.
The 2021 Major League Baseball Draft will begin on July 11th and end on July 13th, taking part over a three day period of time. The Cincinnati Reds will have selections 17, 30, 35, and 53 in the first two rounds of the draft. Despite not selecting in the top five, or even the top 10, the Reds have the 4th largest bonus pool allotment to work with due to their compensation pick from losing Trevor Bauer in free agency, as well as a competitive balance round A pick (35th) that adds a lot of additional pool money.