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Ryan McKenna

Ryan McKenna

CF | B/T: R/R | 5' 11" 185 | Age: 22
Draft: 2015 (Rd: 4, #133, Baltimore Orioles) - Saint Thomas Aquinas (NH) HS
Grants Pass, OR USA
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Stats

PA AB R H HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG OPS
2019 567 488 78 113 9 54 25 .232 .321 .365 .686
Career Minors 1941 1680 269 443 28 178 72 .264 .350 .387 .737
AVG HR RBI SB OPS
2019 .232 9 54 25 .686
Career Minors .264 28 178 72 .737

Standard Minor League Batting Statistics

SeasonTmLGLGPAABRH2B3BHRRBIBBSOSBCSHBPAVGOBPSLGOPS
2015 GCL Orioles GCL ROK 10 41 34 5 9 0 1 0 3 6 6 1 1 0 .265 .366 .324 .689
2016 Aberdeen IronBirds NYP A(Short) 62 252 220 29 53 10 1 1 26 22 59 17 6 5 .241 .320 .309 .629
2017 Delmarva Shorebirds SAL A(Full) 126 530 468 62 120 33 2 7 42 43 128 20 2 11 .256 .331 .380 .712
2018 2 Teams Minors 127 551 470 95 148 26 4 11 53 66 101 9 7 10 .315 .410 .457 .868
2018 Frederick Keys CAR A(Adv) 67 301 257 60 97 18 2 8 37 37 45 5 6 6 .377 .467 .556 1.023
2018 Bowie Baysox EAS AA 60 250 213 35 51 8 2 3 16 29 56 4 1 4 .239 .341 .338 .679
2019 Bowie Baysox EAS AA 135 567 488 78 113 26 6 9 54 59 121 25 11 7 .232 .321 .365 .686

Scouting Report

Scouting grades: Hit: 55 | Power: 40 | Run: 60 | Arm: 50 | Field: 55 | Overall: 45

A product of the New Hampshire prep ranks, McKenna was committed to Liberty before the Orioles drafted him in the fourth round and signed him for slot value. He showed well in his first full season, tallying 42 extra-base hits and 20 steals at Class A Delmarva, and then broke out in earnest in 2018 with a torrid first half in the Class A Advanced Carolina League (.377/.467/.556) before a bump up to Double-A in June. While he didn't fare as well in the Eastern League (.239/.341/.338), McKenna did get back on track in the Arizona Fall League, finishing fifth in the batting race (.344) and second in OPS (1.064).

McKenna's quick bat and natural feel for finding the barrel helps him make consistent line-drive contact, and he's become increasingly comfortable hitting to all fields as he's faced better pitching. He's also made strides in refining his approach, demonstrating a combination of patience and aggressiveness that fuels his ability to both hit for average and get on base at a solid clip. While McKenna projects for more gap power than true over-the-fence pop, some evaluators believe he could have seasons with double-digit homers in his prime.

McKenna gets out of the box exceptionally well for a right-handed hitter and routinely posts plus-or-better home-to-first run times. That speed also gives him the chance to stay in center field, and he has more than enough arm strength for the position. Overall, McKenna has the ceiling of a center fielder who hits at either the top or bottom of the lineup, and his well-rounded game gives him a realistic fourth-outfielder floor.

Transactions

Team Date Transaction
11/20/2019 Baltimore Orioles selected the contract of CF Ryan McKenna from Bowie Baysox.
01/25/2019 Baltimore Orioles invited non-roster CF Ryan McKenna to spring training.
10/02/2018 CF Ryan McKenna assigned to Glendale Desert Dogs.
06/21/2018 CF Ryan McKenna assigned to Bowie Baysox from Frederick Keys.
03/30/2018 CF Ryan McKenna assigned to Frederick Keys from Delmarva Shorebirds.
02/24/2018 OF Ryan McKenna assigned to Baltimore Orioles.
04/02/2017 CF Ryan McKenna assigned to Delmarva Shorebirds from Aberdeen IronBirds.
03/27/2017 CF Ryan McKenna assigned to Baltimore Orioles.
06/17/2016 CF Ryan McKenna assigned to Aberdeen IronBirds from GCL Orioles.
07/06/2015 OF Ryan McKenna assigned to GCL Orioles.
07/05/2015 Baltimore Orioles signed OF Ryan McKenna.