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    Re: Matt McLain - Fast Mover?

    Just noticed that McLain started out in AA this year. I still think he could make his debut late this year.
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    @RedTeamGo can you clear up your inbox? I wanted to PM you about Matt McLain and his moving speed.

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    @RedTeamGo can you clear up your inbox? I wanted to PM you about Matt McLain and his moving speed.
    Lol it’s cleared
    What would you say.....ya do here?

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    Re: Matt McLain - Fast Mover?

    Bumping this thread. Dreaming on Matt McLain to become a Trea Turner-style speed/power combo (somewhere) up the middle is helping me get through the week.

    How much of this is a park-factor mirage? How good, exactly, is his defense at SS? Where do we see his eventual landing spot defensively?

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    I'm not sure McLain is the difference-maker Turner is. That's a lot to ask for.

    I do think he might be a Jonathan India type-- solid at everything.

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    Re: Matt McLain - Fast Mover?

    Quote Originally Posted by Bourgeois Zee View Post
    I'm not sure McLain is the difference-maker Turner is. That's a lot to ask for.

    I do think he might be a Jonathan India type-- solid at everything.
    I agree, I do think he has a little more power than India. All his HRs are bombs like this. Check out the center fielder.

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    Re: Matt McLain - Fast Mover?

    McLain is a shortstop- also if you hear the number "6" that is in reference to the shortstop position (i.e., 6-4-3 double play means the shortstop got the ball to the second baseman-- "4"-- and on to the first baseman --"3"--)

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    Re: Matt McLain - Fast Mover?

    McLain is showing more power and speed than India at this point. India never ops'd .800 in the minors, and McLain is at .939 and rising. McLain also is 16 for 18 in SB in 54 games. McLain could end up as a similar player in the bigs to India, but I think he has a little more upside with the power/speed combo. The strike outs are a little high now which you can live with when the slg% in near .700.
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    Re: Matt McLain - Fast Mover?

    Quote Originally Posted by Mitri View Post
    Bumping this thread. Dreaming on Matt McLain to become a Trea Turner-style speed/power combo (somewhere) up the middle is helping me get through the week.

    How much of this is a park-factor mirage? How good, exactly, is his defense at SS? Where do we see his eventual landing spot defensively?
    from what I read, his arm is a bit iffy for SS or 3B. It might be OK in CF, but my guess is he's a 2B. Probably a good all around one. I'm hoping he's in the big leagues by August 1.
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    Re: Matt McLain - Fast Mover?

    Quote Originally Posted by mth123 View Post
    from what I read, his arm is a bit iffy for SS or 3B. It might be OK in CF, but my guess is he's a 2B. Probably a good all around one. I'm hoping he's in the big leagues by August 1.
    Honestly curious where you heard that. I don't mean any offense, but people throw stuff like that around willy nilly in this forum all the time.

    Everything I saw posted after he was drafted was that he's a mlb SS who won't have to be moved off the position.
    (Referring to Jack Hannahan signing with a Korean team)
    Since there are no teams on the moon, I guess South Korea's far enough from Cincinnati to satisfy me.
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    Re: Matt McLain - Fast Mover?

    Quote Originally Posted by Mitri View Post
    How good, exactly, is his defense at SS? Where do we see his eventual landing spot defensively?
    I had no problem watching Todd Frazier or Billy Hamilton play ss at Dayton. To my eye McLain looked pretty terrible there. Now, maybe I just caught him on bad days, but frankly he looked tired. Things were rarely fielded cleanly.
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    Re: Matt McLain - Fast Mover?

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    Honestly curious where you heard that. I don't mean any offense, but people throw stuff like that around willy nilly in this forum all the time.

    Everything I saw posted after he was drafted was that he's a mlb SS who won't have to be moved off the position.
    https://www.baseballamerica.com/rank...top-prospects/

    Link for those that have a subscription to BA. They rated his arm at 60. SS, 2B, CF, or moving around the diamond as defensive possibilities.

    I sorta like the 2B option with India to 3B, Barrero at SS, and Siani in CF, but then I like defense a lot.

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    Re: Matt McLain - Fast Mover?

    Quote Originally Posted by RED VAN HOT View Post
    I sorta like the 2B option with India to 3B, Barrero at SS, and Siani in CF, but then I like defense a lot.
    I think McLain's position might well change depending on the players around him. India too. And De La Cruz too, assuming he gets to the majors.

    Barrero has to hit when he gets his chance-- otherwise, he's the guy who gets moved around, IMO.

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    Re: Matt McLain - Fast Mover?

    Quote Originally Posted by OGB View Post
    Honestly curious where you heard that. I don't mean any offense, but people throw stuff like that around willy nilly in this forum all the time.

    Everything I saw posted after he was drafted was that he's a mlb SS who won't have to be moved off the position.
    Where I thought I heard it I re-read and maybe I'm wrong. I guess with Barrero for SS I assumed too much. Glad you asked since it spurred me to recheck it.
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