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Matt McLain

| SS/2B
Matt McLain
High School: Beckman HS, Irvine, Calif.
State: Calif.
Commitment: UCLA

Ht.: 5'10"
Wt.: 175 lbs
Bats: R
Throws: R
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Scouting Report

McLain has taken advantage of a down year in Southern California this spring, hitting in seemingly every game he's played. His performance was so strong, in fact, that area scouts began putting his name in the same conversation as fellow California shortstop Brice Turang--which would have seemed absurd just a year ago. A 5-foot-10, righthanded hitter without a ton of power, McLain doesn't seem to profile as a top-50 pick, but he's given himself a chance to be selected that high because he simply does everything well. He makes all the plays at shortstop as a soft-gloved infielder with agility, body control, impressive footwork and a solid arm, and he's regularly given scouts plus running times down the line. While McLain is a shorter prospect, he's not built slightly. He's put on as much strength as he can for now, to the point where he's showing some surprising power in games, although he'll never project as a plus power hitter. He regularly hits the ball hard and with authority, frequently going to right-center with impact. McLain has shown enough bat-to-ball skills that scouts are putting a 50 or even 60 grade on his future hit tool. While some evaluators believe he might move off shortstop at the next level--he's not a Nick Allen sort of defender--he's hit enough this spring to rise up draft boards. Seemingly all of his tools have improved this spring, and with good makeup to top things off, it's unlikely he ever sets foot on campus at UCLA, where he is committed.

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