Rockies Sign Second-Rounder Ryan McMahon

The Rockies have signed second-round draft pick Ryan McMahon to a contract with a bonus worth just under $1.328MM, Jim Callis of Baseball America reports.  The bonus exactly matched the assigned slot value of the 42nd overall pick (slot values provided by Baseball America).  McMahon is advised by the Wasserman Media Group.

McMahon, 18, is a third baseman who also played quarterback for Mater Dei High School and didn't turn his full attention to baseball until his senior year, according to MLB.com.  A left-handed hitter, McMahon is described by Baseball America as having "good hitting instincts and leverage in his swing, giving him a chance to be a solid-average hitter with slightly above-average power as he fills out his 6-foot-3, 190-pound frame."  McMahon had committed to USC.

The Rockies took McMahon a bit earlier than expected by most major draft pundits, though he was still solidly placed within the rankings of the top 100 prospects.  ESPN's Keith Law had McMahon highest at 73rd, while MLB.com ranked him 78th and Baseball America had him in the 82nd spot.



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