With their first pick on day two of the 2017 MLB Draft, the Marlins took 2B Riley Mahan out of the University of Kentucky.
In 66 games for the Wildcats this season, Mahan hit .336 with a .392 on-base percentage. The Cincinnati native led the team with 15 home runs and 67 RBI, anchoring a lineup that led Kentucky to the NCAA Super Regionals.
Mahan could reportedly move out to the outfield, but as his left-handed bat will play at any position. If he does, however, stick at second base, he projects to be part of the new wave of power-hitting middle infielders.
I mean, just look at this kid hit.
ICYMI: MAHAN SLAM!— NCAA Baseball (@NCAACWS) June 4, 2017
Kentucky 2B Riley Mahan CRUSHES one during the Wildcats' 14-9 victory over Indiana. #RoadToOmaha pic.twitter.com/IGQ2ZARE60
Video from @NCAACWS on Twitter
MLB.com ranked Mahan their 176th-best prospect, so it may have been a stretch for the Marlins to take him with the No. 89 overall pick. If he can make it to the big leagues, however, Mahan could pair up with fellow Kentucky Wildcats JT Riddle for double plays for years to come.
Here’s a closer look at Mahan’s swing.
And a little look at the person behind the numbers.