Brendan McKay
23-Year-Old PitcherSP
Tampa Bay Rays AAA
2019 Fantasy Outlook
The bulk of the MLB value McKay will provide will come as a starting pitcher, but he will continue to be developed as a two-way player, for now. The 6-foot-2 southpaw dominated across 78.1 innings, primarily at Low-A and High-A. McKay works with a plus fastball (92-94 mph) and plus cutter, mixing in a curveball and changeup that are solid third and fourth pitches. His advanced strike-throwing ability allows his arsenal to play up. He missed a month in the middle of the season with a strained oblique and his GB% plummeted from an elite 61.0% in the Midwest League to a below-average 37.7% in the Florida State League. Already 23 years old, McKay seems destined to be a No. 3 starter, as early as 2020. At the plate, he walks almost as much as he strikes out, but that passivity prohibits him from regularly getting to his plus power. He is no Shohei Ohtani, but could get some starts at first base or DH against righties when he is not pitching. Read Past Outlooks
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$Signed a contract with the Rays in June of 2017 that includes a $7 million signing bonus.
To start Friday
PTampa Bay Rays  AAA
July 18, 2019
McKay will be recalled to start Friday's game against the White Sox, Juan Toribio of MLB.com reports.
ANALYSIS
As expected, McKay is on track to rejoin the rotation over the weekend after being sent down prior to the All-Star break. He owns a 1.69 ERA and 0.69 WHIP with 13 strikeouts over three starts this season (16 innings).
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Left/Right Batting Splits
Since 2017
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2019
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2018
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2017
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OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2017vs Left 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Since 2017vs Right .000 4 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000
2019vs Left 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2019vs Right .000 4 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000
2018vs Left 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2018vs Right 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2017vs Left 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2017vs Right 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
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Home/Away Batting Splits
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2019
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2018
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OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2017Home .000 4 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000
Since 2017Away .000 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000
2019Home .000 4 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000
2019Away .000 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000
2018Home 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2018Away 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2017Home 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2017Away 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
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Left/Right Pitching Splits
Since 2017
 
 
-8%
BAA vs LHP
2019
 
 
-8%
BAA vs LHP
2018
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BAA Batters K BB H 2B 3B HR
Since 2017vs Left .167 13 1 1 2 0 0 0
Since 2017vs Right .182 45 12 0 8 0 0 1
2019vs Left .167 13 1 1 2 0 0 0
2019vs Right .182 45 12 0 8 0 0 1
2018vs Left 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2018vs Right 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2017vs Left 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2017vs Right 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
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-100%
ERA on Road
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ERA WHIP IP W L SV K/9 BB/9 HR/9
Since 2017Home 2.45 0.73 11.0 1 0 0 4.9 0.8 0.8
Since 2017Away 0.00 0.60 5.0 0 0 0 12.6 0.0 0.0
2019Home 2.45 0.73 11.0 1 0 0 4.9 0.8 0.8
2019Away 0.00 0.60 5.0 0 0 0 12.6 0.0 0.0
2018Home 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2018Away 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2017Home 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2017Away 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
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Stat Review
How does Brendan McKay compare to other starting pitchers?
This section compares his stats with all starting pitcher seasons from the previous three seasons (minimum 120 innings)*. The bar represents the player's percentile rank. For example, if the bar is halfway across, then the player falls into the 50th percentile for that stat and it would be considered average.

* Exit Velocity, Barrels/BBE %, Balls Hit 95+ MPH %, and Spin Rate are benchmarked against this season's data (min 70 IP). See here for more exit velocity/barrels stats plus an explanation of current limitations with that data set.
  • K/BB
    Strikeout to walk ratio.
  • K/9
    Average strikeouts per nine innings.
  • BB/9
    Average walks per nine innings.
  • HR/9
    Average home runs allowed per nine innings.
  • Fastball
    Average fastball velocity.
  • ERA
    Earned run average. The average earned runs allowed per nine innings.
  • WHIP
    Walks plus hits per inning pitched.
  • BABIP
    Batting average on balls in play. Measures how many balls in play against a pitcher go for hits.
  • GB/FB
    Groundball to flyball ratio. The higher the number, the more likely a pitcher is to induce groundballs.
  • Left On Base
    The percentage of base runners that a pitcher strands on base over the course of a season.
  • Exit Velocity
    The speed of the baseball as it comes off the bat, immediately after a batter makes contact.
  • Barrels/BBE
    The percentage of batted ball events resulting in a Barrel. A Barrel is a batted ball with similar exit velocity and launch angle to past ones that led to a minimum .500 batting average and 1.500 slugging percentage.
  • Spin Rate
    Spin Rate is the rate of spin on a baseball after it is released. It is measured in revolutions per minute (rpm).
  • Balls Hit 95+ MPH
    The percentage of batted balls hit that met or exceeded the 95 MPH threshold.
  • Swinging Strike
    The percentage of pitches that result in a swing and a miss.
K/BB
13.00
 
K/9
7.3
 
BB/9
0.6
 
HR/9
0.6
 
Fastball
93.7 mph
 
ERA
1.69
 
WHIP
0.69
 
BABIP
.219
 
GB/FB
1.07
 
Left On Base
83.3%
 
Exit Velocity
87.6 mph
 
Barrels/BBE
9.3%
 
Spin Rate
2041 rpm
 
Balls Hit 95+ MPH
32.6%
 
Swinging Strike
13.2%
 
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2018 Fantasy Outlook
The dream of a true two-way player is alive with McKay, who received the second highest bonus in the 2017 draft. He was Hudson Valley's starting pitcher every Sunday, got Wednesday's off for his side session, and saw time at first base and DH in between. On the mound, the 6-foot-2 lefty has a quality four-pitch mix, led by his 93-94 mph fastball. He notched a 21:5 K:BB in 20 innings while holding hitters to a .147 average, looking the part of a future mid-rotation starter. As a hitter, he slashed .268/.374/.454 with four home runs in 97 at-bats against righties, but was completely overmatched in a small sample against lefties. The Rays have said they envisioned him as a hitter when they drafted him, so he may still end up as a full-time first baseman. He worked strictly as a hitter in fall instructs after reaching his innings limit on the mound, but given his relative success in both roles, he will probably go back out as a two-way player again this season.
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Could rejoin rotation over weekend
PTampa Bay Rays  AAA
July 14, 2019
McKay could be recalled from Triple-A Durham to start one of the Rays' three games against the White Sox next weekend, Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports.
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Sent down after doubleheader
PTampa Bay Rays  AAA
July 13, 2019
McKay was optioned to Triple-A Durham following Saturday's doubleheader against the Orioles, Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports.
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Stellar outing against O's
PTampa Bay Rays  AAA
July 13, 2019
McKay allowed three hits while striking out seven over five scoreless innings in a no-decision against the Orioles in the first game of Saturday's doubleheader.
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Called up prior to Saturday's start
PTampa Bay Rays  AAA
July 13, 2019
McKay was promoted from Triple-A Durham in advance of his start in Game 1 of Saturday's doubleheader against the Orioles.
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Will start Saturday
PTampa Bay Rays  AAA
July 10, 2019
McKay will return as the 26th man to start one game of Saturday's doubleheader against the Orioles, Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports.
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