Machado recorded a hit in 13 of his last 14 games including a three hit performance Monday against Salem which resulted in two RBI and two stolen bases. The Shortstop is currently hitting .267 with two home runs, 12 RBI and a .347 on-base-percentage with Frederick.
The defensive maturity that the top prospect shows is beyond any 19-year-old and has the capabilities to play the shortstop position at the major league level right now. Machado almost made a slick defensive play diving to his left but just couldn't get the throw from the ground.
Machado is getting on base and steadily starting to make the correct adjustments at this level after a slow start; adjustments he believes are rather simple now.
"It just takes some time, took me a couple weeks to get in there," Machado said. "It is better to start getting hot near the end of the season for the playoffs."
Machado added that it is all about staying consistent with the at bats every game. Staying focused he said is another adjustment factor because in a slump you can lose focus.
"Taking it pitch by pitch and make adjustments after every pitch is important," he said. "If you don't stay focused you can miss a pitch that may have been the best one and it will screw up the entire at bat."
According to ESPN's Keith Law, Machado is the number five prospect in the country.