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Brendan McKay

Brendan McKay

P | B/T: L/L | 6' 2" 212 | Age: 23
Draft: 2017 (Rd: 1, #4, Tampa Bay Rays) - Louisville
Darlington, PA USA
MLB Pipeline Rank:
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Fastball Velocity
Fastball Spin
Curve Spin
K%
Exit Velocity
Hard Hit %
Pop Time
Framing
Outs Above Avg
Outfielder Jump
Sprint Speed
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Poor
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Great

Stats

W L ERA G GS SV IP SO WHIP
2019 2 4 5.14 13 11 0 49.0 56 1.41
1 Season 2 4 5.14 13 11 0 49.0 56 1.41
G W-L ERA IP SO WHIP
2019 13 2-4 5.14 49.0 56 1.41
1 Season 13 2-4 5.14 49.0 56 1.41

Standard MLB Pitching Statistics

SeasonTmLGBFWLERAGGSSVIPHRERHRBBSOWHIP
2019 TB AL 216 2 4 5.14 13 11 0 49.0 53 32 28 8 16 56 1.41
*: All Star Season, Rankings AL/NL: Top 5 10 15 20      Click for Chart.

Scouting Report

Scouting grades: Fastball: 55 | Cutter: 55 | Curveball: 55 | Changeup: 50 | Control: 60 | Overall: 60

Scouting grades: Hit: 55 | Power: 50 | Run: 30 | Arm: 60 | Field: 55 | Overall: 50

7/5: McKay optioned to Triple-A

The recipient of the John Olerud Two-Way Player of the Year Award in each of his three seasons at Louisville, McKay was regarded by many as the best two-way Draft prospect since Dave Winfield in 1973. He took home both the Golden Spikes and Dick Howser Awards as college baseball's top player as a junior in 2017, when he went 11-3 with a 2.56 ERA and a school-record 146 strikeouts in 16 starts while also hitting .341 with 18 home runs and 57 RBIs. The Rays have continued to develop McKay as a two-way player in pro ball after selecting him No. 4 overall and signing him for $7,007,500, though so far he's had more success on the mound.

McKay operates with a 92-95 mph fastball and commands it exceptionally well against hitters on both sides of the plate. Both his curveball and cutter project to be above-average pitches, with the latter currently ahead of the former, and he's developed good feel for a changeup as a pro after using it sparingly in college. Everything he throws plays up because he has plus command and knows how to sequence his pitches. As a hitter, McKay demonstrates a patient, discerning approach, with a knack for getting on base, though his overall impact with the bat has been underwhelming as a pro.

McKay was limited in his first full season by a pair of oblique injuries, the second of which he sustained while swinging, highlighting the inherent risk of developing a two-way player. The Rays would like to reduce McKay's overall workload in 2019 and won't deploy him as a first baseman, although a return to the position later in McKay's career has not been ruled out. The club still is very interested in developing McKay's bat, however, and the plan is to have him DH around his pitching schedule as they continue to develop him as a two-way player.


Statcast - Pitching

Season Pitches Batted Balls Barrels Barrel % Exit Velocity Launch Angle XBA XSLG WOBA XWOBA XWOBACON Hard Hit % K % BB %
2019 878 144 15 10.4 90.5 16.7 .257 .429 .337 .321 .405 44.4 25.9 7.4
ALL 878 144 15 10.4 90.5 16.7 .257 .429 .337 .321 .405 44.4 25.9 7.4
MLB 40553 6.3 87.5 11.2 .251 .408 .318 .318 .371 34.5 21.7 8.3

Transactions

Team Date Transaction
10/04/2019 Tampa Bay Rays activated LHP Brendan McKay.
10/02/2019 Tampa Bay Rays reassigned LHP Brendan McKay to the minor leagues.
09/03/2019 Tampa Bay Rays recalled LHP Brendan McKay from Durham Bulls.
08/20/2019 Tampa Bay Rays optioned LHP Brendan McKay to Durham Bulls.
07/31/2019 Tampa Bay Rays recalled Brendan McKay from Durham Bulls.
07/20/2019 Tampa Bay Rays optioned LHP Brendan McKay to Durham Bulls.
07/19/2019 Tampa Bay Rays recalled Brendan McKay from Durham Bulls.
07/14/2019 Tampa Bay Rays optioned LHP Brendan McKay to Durham Bulls.
07/13/2019 Tampa Bay Rays recalled Brendan McKay from Durham Bulls.
07/06/2019 Tampa Bay Rays optioned LHP Brendan McKay to Durham Bulls.
06/29/2019 Tampa Bay Rays selected the contract of Brendan McKay from Durham Bulls.
06/29/2019 LHP Brendan McKay roster status changed by Durham Bulls.
06/28/2019 Durham Bulls placed LHP Brendan McKay on the temporarily inactive list.
05/26/2019 LHP Brendan McKay assigned to Durham Bulls from Montgomery Biscuits.
04/01/2019 LHP Brendan McKay assigned to Montgomery Biscuits from Charlotte Stone Crabs.
03/05/2019 LHP Brendan McKay assigned to Tampa Bay Rays.
09/15/2018 Charlotte Stone Crabs activated 1B Brendan McKay from the 7-day injured list.
08/30/2018 Charlotte Stone Crabs placed 1B Brendan McKay on the 7-day disabled list.
07/18/2018 Charlotte Stone Crabs activated 1B Brendan McKay from the 7-day disabled list.
07/09/2018 Charlotte Stone Crabs sent 1B Brendan McKay on a rehab assignment to GCL Rays.
06/19/2018 Charlotte Stone Crabs placed 1B Brendan McKay on the 7-day disabled list retroactive to June 15, 2018.
05/14/2018 1B Brendan McKay assigned to Charlotte Stone Crabs from Bowling Green Hot Rods.
04/02/2018 DH Brendan McKay assigned to Bowling Green Hot Rods from Hudson Valley Renegades.
07/16/2017 1B Brendan McKay assigned to Hudson Valley Renegades.
06/28/2017 Tampa Bay Rays signed 1B Brendan McKay.