The Cincinnati Reds didn’t waste much time in promoting 1st round pick in the 2021 Major League Baseball draft Matt McLain. It took a bit of time before he got on the field after the draft – teams didn’t want to just thrust guys into games immediately after signing since most of them hadn’t played in 6-8 weeks since their seasons ended in college/high school.
But last week we saw Matt McLain get into two games out in Arizona with the Arizona Complex League Reds. He went 3-7 in those two games with two doubles and a triple. The shortstop hit .333/.434/.579 this past season at UCLA. His short warm-up in Arizona is now over and the Reds have promoted him to High-A Dayton. He’s in the starting lineup this afternoon for the Dragons in the #2 spot in the lineup and starting at shortstop.
Matt McLain isn’t the only draft pick to join the Dragons today. 9th round pick Jack Rogers was also promoted there today. Rogers, who was selected out of Sam Houston State this season where he hit .367/.474/.696 played in four games out in Arizona once he was activated. He went 4-11 (.364) with a walk, double, and three steals. Like McLain, he’s also in the starting lineup this afternoon for Dayton.
Francisco Urbaez is not in the Dayton lineup. One of the best hitters in the High-A Central is not eligible to play today, and it’s for good reason. He’s been promoted to Double-A Chattanooga. The 23-year-old second baseman was hitting .333/.423/.455 for Dayton with 16 doubles, a triple, 4 home runs, 32 walks, and just 44 strikeouts in 67 games played.
An undrafted free agent in 2020 (there were only five rounds in the 2020 draft), Urbaez didn’t play much in the first two weeks of the season. But since May 29th he’s played almost every day and has hit .350 in the 58 games since that point.
There are more roster moves coming, but with Dayton having an afternoon game their roster moves were made prior to the others throughout the organization because they needed to go through prior to the game starting.