Rays first round draft pick, the fourth overall selection, LHP/1B Brendan McKay recently started his career in the Rays system on Monday, and two games later he has his first longball.
It’s a beauty:
You can watch the scout’s angle here as well:
McKay was known for a quiet but easy swing during the draft process, as highlighted in our scouting report recap earlier this year:
According to MLB.com, McKay’s hit tool grades as plus with average power. According to FanGraphs’ tools primer, if he plays to those grades in the majors, he’d be a .280 hitter with 15-18 home runs annually. MLB’s report indicates his ceiling is that of a .300 hitter with 20 home runs.
Baseball America’s report is very similar, saying, “he was in the discussion for being the best pure hitter in the draft class,” but scouts “remain mixed on his overall power potential.”
McKay was the best college hitter, and the best left handed college pitcher available in the 2017 draft.
For more on how the Rays may be able to develop McKay into a two-way player at the major league level, read Scott’s interview with MLB’s Jim Callis and BP’s Jeff Long here.
Brendan McKay is slated to pitch his first outing this weekend, and will be on a 30-inning limit this summer after heavy use on the mound at Louisville in 2017.