Miami's Chris McMahon (Miami Athletics/Richard Lewis)


Miami Fireballers McMahon, Cecconi Set To Make Draft Waves

MIAMI — Before the novel coronavirus forced everyone inside, it wasn’t difficult to spot Hurricanes standout Chris McMahon on the Miami campus – the Pennsylvania native was often seen wearing a Bryce Harper Phillies jersey.

Similarly, it hadn’t been hard to find Slade Cecconi. The library was a good place to start the search as Cecconi — who has a 3.9 grade-point average — had been known to study there until as late as 2:30 a.m. during finals.

On the mound, McMahon and Cecconi also stand out.

Both of these hard-throwing righthanders are expected to be selected within the top two rounds in this year’s draft.

McMahon, a 6-2, 215-pound junior whose fastball sits 92-94 and has touched 97, was dominant this year, going 3-0, 1.05 in four starts, including one appearance against the top-ranked Florida Gators. In 25.2 innings, McMahon struck out 38, walked five and allowed batters to hit just .207.

Miami coach Gino DiMare believes McMahon has a chance to be a late-first-round selection.

“He took a step this year in becoming more efficient and going deeper in games,” DiMare said. …


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