The Cincinnati Reds are hoping a strong farm system can catapult them back to the top of the National League Central in the next few years. The team's No. 4 prospect shortstop Matt McClain made headlines on Sunday after he hit for the cycle with the Double-A Chattanooga Lookouts.
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McLain not only hit for the cycle, but he did so on a total of only 7 pitches. His aggressiveness at the plate paid off as he finished the day 4-for-4 with 3 RBI and 3 runs scored. The 22-year-old smacked a home run in the first inning, singled in the third, doubled in the fifth and tripled in the seventh.
It was the Lookouts' first cycle since outfielder Scott Schebler accomplished the feat back in 2014. McLain kept it simple after the game by telling reporters, "baseball is fun." The No. 86 overall prospect's efforts guided Chattanooga to a close 7-6 victory and back over .500 with a 5-4 record.
McLain has been hitting the cover off the ball so far this season, posting a slash line of .344/.400/.875 across eight games played. He has also racked up 10 runs scored, 3 home runs and 7 RBI. Nine of the 2021 No. 17 overall pick's 11 hits have gone for extra bases and he has stolen 2 bases as well.
The all-around talent McLain possesses will eventually warrant a spot on the major league roster, but that isn't expected to happen until 2023. If he keeps hitting like he is now, a promotion to Triple-A by the end of the season wouldn't be surprising, though. McLain has quick riser written all over him.