Prospect Rundown: West Coast LeagueProspects
It was yet another intriguing summer at the West Coast League, where Corvallis captured another league championship, led by several, including incoming Oregon State shortstop Beau Philip, who promises to be an immediate impact player for the defending champs.
Corvallis wasn’t alone in terms of success. Bellingham, which win the opposite division, also had a strong showing this summer, and featured several can’t miss prospects. That list includes first-round pick and infielder Matt McClain, who spurned overtures from the Diamondbacks to head to UCLA this fall.
The WCL was loaded with interesting prospects, and it’s time to take an in-depth look at which prospects caught the attention of scouts and coaches a like.
Here’s a complete rundown of the league’s premier prospects:
Matt McClain, 3B, UCLA (Bellingham, 2021)
After turning down the Diamondbacks in the first round of the draft this past summer, McClain, who’s expected to make an instant impact for the Bruins, showed off his tools at the WCL. McClain, a 5-foot-11, 175-pounder hit .291 with three homers and 24 RBIs, while also showing excellent bat control, finishing the summer with just 15 strikeouts versus 12 walks. McClain plays at the hot corner, but joined Bellingham when the left side of the infield was already set. Therefore, he played second, and also was a strong enough athlete to play the outfield if need be. McClain showed himself to be a good runner with legitimate power. McClain had what one coach called “timely power”. His makeup is very good, he’s hard-nosed, he hustles and he showed an advanced approach at the plate. Another coach said McClain had almost a gymnast-looking, athletic body. For at least some at the league, he reminded them of former Oregon State All-American infielder Cadyn Grenier.