Matt McLain Stats
- Height / Weight
- 5' 8" / 180 lbs.
- Date of Birth (Age)
- 8/6/1999 (24)
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Cincinnati Reds infielder Matt McLain (oblique) tweaked his oblique in the area where he had last year's injury, although an MRI exam was clear. He'll be sidelined for five to seven days, but it "shouldn't" keep him from being ready for the season opener, according to manager David Bell. However, the next five to seven days will give the team a better idea of where McLain stands. It's not a good sign for the 24-year-old, even if there's still time before Opening Day. If he isn't ready for the first game of the regular season, Jonathan India would be the obvious candidate to start at the keystone for the Reds. McLain broke out in his rookie year in 2023 and earned the primary gig at second over India, although his season was cut short by his oblique injury late last year.
A right-oblique strain ended Cincinnati Reds middle infielder Matt McLain's impressive rookie season early. Had he not missed the final month of the season, he might have finished higher than fifth in the National League Rookie of the Year voting. The 24-year-old slashed .290/.357/.507 with 16 home runs and 50 RBI in only 89 games and was second among NL rookies in batting and third with an .864 OPS. "I'm back to 100%," McLain said. "I've been swinging and stuff. I think we've gotten up to 100 swings at this point in the offseason. I'm full-go. I'm 100%, doing everything. It's going well." The impressive young infielder is making adjustments this offseason and hopes to improve on hitting fastballs at the top of the strike zone in Year 2 in 2024. There's a lot to like about McLain, and he'll have eligibility at both second base and shortstop.
Cincinnati Reds middle infielder Matt McLain (oblique) is reportedly fully healed for the 2024 season after being put on the injured list in late August. The 24-year-old said, "I'm full-go. I'm 100%, doing everything. It's going well." McLain was one of many young, exciting players for the Reds, and he slashed .290/.357/.507 with 16 home runs, 50 RBI, and 14 stolen bases in 403 plate appearances during his rookie season. As long as he looks healthy during spring training, there is a lot to like about his fantasy upside over the course of a full season.
The Reds didn't lack exciting debuts in 2023, but 24-year-old Matt McLain surprised many by producing the best numbers of the bunch. He hit .290/.357/.507 with 16 HR and 14 SB in just 403 PAs for the Reds. McLain added 12 HR and 10 SB in 180 PAs at Triple-A last year, leaving fantasy managers salivating for an encore. Both the power and speed are legit. McLain impressed with his average airborne exit velocity (94.4 mph) and 10.8% rate of Brls/BBE, and his home park had a 131 park factor that led MLB per Statcast. McLain's 37.1 FB% was also a professional low, creating power upside if his FB% returns to its MiLB levels. Likewise, McLain posted a blazing 29 ft./sec Statcast Sprint Speed and 74% SB success rate in 2023, so he should keep the green light. The one knock on McLain is a .385 BABIP that masked a 28.5 K%, but that's not a huge concern. McLain's .256 xBA likely underestimates the impact his speed has on his grounders, while his 28.4% chase rate and 10.5 SwStr% suggest positive K% regression. McLain is expensive with an ADP of 62.03, but his five-category contributions with upside are more than worth the price.