May 28, 2024

OC Sports Zone: Community First

Reds’ first round draft pick Matt McLain has some advice for his talented younger brothers

Matt McLain tries on a Cincinnati Reds jersey as parents Michael and Wendi look on during a signing ceremony in Arizona last week. (Photo courtesy McLain family)

Matt McLain became the first member of the McLain family to be drafted by a Major League team when the Cincinnati Reds selected him in the first round.

But McLain, who signed for $4.625 million, may not be the last from the family to be drafted.

Sean McLain, who is at Arizona State and Nick McLain, who will be a freshman at UCLA next season, are also considered strong candidates to eventually be selected in the Major League draft. Both were standouts for Coach Kevin Lavalle at Beckman. Sean McLain played for the USA National Collegiate Team this summer.

McLain said during an extensive interview with OC Sports Zone Friday he has provided some advice to his younger brothers.

“They ask me questions,” McLain said. “At the end of the day, it’s real simple: get better, have fun doing it and keep doing it, it’s about consistency and having fun.”

McLain talked about draft day, his signing bonus and his hopes for joining the Reds big league team in the interview. To see the story, please click here.

—Tim Burt, OC Sports Zone; timburt@ocsportszone.com