The Oakland Athletics were mocked right-handed pitcher Chris McMahon in a recent 2020 MLB Mock Draft.
The Oakland Athletics and the rest of the MLB world are set to take part in an MLB Draft unlike any that have taken place before. And given that we’re just a few days away from the event, it’s interesting to take a look at who the team has been connected to.
As opposed to the traditional 40 rounds that usually take place in the draft, the 2020 MLB Draft will feature just five rounds. That means that every pick matters more than ever before.
And for an A’s team that has always been built on its farm system, that’s doubly true.
Mock drafts have run rampant over the last few weeks and months with varied projections about who the A’s will pick. But one recent mock draft lists a familiar name that has been mocked to Oakland in previous mocks as well.
And that player is hard-throwing right-handed pitcher Chris McMahon who MLB.com’s Jonathan Mayo recently mocked to the A’s with the No. 26 overall pick in the 2020 MLB Draft.
McMahon is a player who has been connected to the A’s in previous mocks including one from The Athletic that we covered here earlier last month. It seems like the University of Miami product is a player that A’s fans should become familiar with.
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The Oakland Athletics could use a high-floor pitching prospect like Chris McMahon.
Listed at 6-foot-2, 205 pounds, McMahon has the ideal size and makeup you look for in a future rotation regular. His three-pitch arsenal consists of a fastball, changeup, and curveball/slider (depending on how it’s classified) with his fastball topping out at around 98 mph.
Already a fine high-school prospect (he was drafted by the Atlanta Braves in the 33rd round back in 2017), McMahon boosted his draft stock with a solid 2019 season at Miami that was followed by a dominant 2020 campaign.
Unfortunately, his 2020 season would be ended after four starts but he allowed just three runs in 25.2 innings pitched during that time. On top of that, he totaled 38 strikeouts while surrendering just 19 hits, five walks, and zero home runs.
If the season wasn’t suspended, who knows how far he could have risen up draft boards.
Seen as a high-floor prospect, McMahon makes sense for an A’s team that is reportedly eyeing a college player in this year’s draft. The Athletics ave used only two selections in the third round or higher on pitchers since 2016 meaning that they could use some depth at the lower levels of the minor leagues.
The draft is right around the corner and evidently one player who A’s fans should be watching come draft day is Chris McMahon.