Three brothers who played baseball together at Beckman High may reunite someday – in the big leagues.
The L.A. Dodgers recently drafted former Beckman star Sean McLain in the fifth round – one year after the Cincinnati Reds drafted older brother Matt in the first round, signing him for $4.6 million.
Waiting in the wings is younger brother Nick, who will play at Arizona State this year after transferring from UCLA.
“I told him, ‘You’re next,’ ” Sean says. “I think he is the most talented of us all. He’s got to get it done, and hopefully we will have three McLain brothers in pro ball.”
In 2018, all three brothers started for the Beckman High Patriots, with senior Matt at shortstop, junior Sean in right field, and freshman Nick at first base.
Sean then capped a successful career at Arizona State University, batting .333 with 34 RBIs last year as a junior.
He weighed whether to return for one more season at Arizona State, where he would have teamed up with his younger brother for the first time since high school.
In the end, he couldn’t pass up an offer from the Dodgers. He’s now playing for their Single-A affiliate, the Rancho Cucamonga Quakes. Terms of his contract were not disclosed.
Matt, who plays for the Reds’ Double-A minor league affiliate, the Chattanooga Lookouts, offered his brother this advice: “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.”
Sean hopes that takes him to Dodger Stadium, where someday he might end up on the field with his brothers.
“If that ever happens,” he says, “we will have the whole family there.”
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