VIDEO: Top Reds Prospect Races Around Bases for Inside-the-Park Homerun

Larry Rupp
VIDEO: Top Cincinnati Reds prospect Matt McLain races around the bases for an inside-the-park home run.
VIDEO: Top Cincinnati Reds prospect Matt McLain races around the bases for an inside-the-park home run. / Kareem Elgazzar/The Enquirer / USA TODAY

Cincinnati Reds prospect Matt McLain is making him name known to the fan base this season one game after another. After hitting for the cycle back on April 17, he showed off some elite speed by rounding the bases for an inside-the-park home run for the Chattanooga Lookouts on Tuesday night.

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McLain stepped up the plate in the top of the second inning against the Tennessee Smokies and drove a pitch deep to left center field. It ricocheted off the wall and far away from the closest outfielder, giving the 22-year-old an opportunity to slide in safely at home in an emphatic way.

The kid nicknamed "McDinger" ended the game going 2-for-4 with a home run and 2 RBI. It was yet another impressive game for McLain, who now owns a slash line of .256/.353/.598 through 32 games played. He has also racked up 27 runs scored, 9 home runs, 24 RBI and 8 stolen bases this year.

McLain currently ranks as baseball's No. 83 overall prospect and has all the makings of a quick riser in the farm system. For now, the young shortstop will remain a key contributor for a Lookouts team that has posted an 18-16 record on the season. He may not be there for too much longer, though.

Cincinnati's No. 4 prospect could end up being promoted to Triple-A if he continues to play well and is expected to join the big leagues in 2023. After all, the Reds need all the help they can get given they are tied for the worst odds to win the World Series at +100000, according to FanDuel Sportsbook.

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