Sunday, November 20, 2016

Scouting the 2017 Draft: Brendan McKay

Brendan McKay is a true 2-way player for Univ. of Louisville where he is a LHP and 1B/DH who also bats LH.  Most analysts believe he will be drafted and developed as a pitcher in the pros.  He is a sturdy LHP at 6'2", 215 lbs.  His calling card is "incredible" FB command although 1 scouting report said he would not "overpower anyone."  On video, he has an upright delivery with a tightly circled over-the-top release point.  He has a bit of a crossover which helps him hide the ball from the batter.  Here are his pitching stats for his first 2 seasons at Louisville:

2015:  9-3, 1.77, 96.2 IP, 34 BB, 117 K.
2016:  12-4, 2.30, 109.2 IP, 42 BB, 128 K.

His batting line from last year:

.333/.414/.513, 19 2B, 6 HR, 228 AB.

I am not a huge fan of pitchability college LHP's nor am I a big fan of 2-way players, but we may be seeing a trend toward managers finding unique ways to use pitchers who can also hit and/or field a position.  I could see McKay finding a Travis Wood role where he is a lefty specialist on he mound and shuttles between a position and the mound depending on who the opposing hitter is.

One scouting comp I saw was Mark Buerhle, which does not inspire a ton of enthusiasm on my part.


Updated Draft Board:

1.  Hunter Greene, RHP, HS.
2.  Tanner Houck, RHP, Missouri
3.  Alex Scherff, RHP, HS.
4.  JB Bakauskas, RHP, North Carolina.
5.  Jeren Kendall, OF, Vanderbilt
6.  JJ Schwarz, C, Florida.
7.  Alex Faedo, RHP, Florida.
8.  Tristan Beck, RHP, Stanford
9.  Brendan McKay, LHP, Louisville.
10.  Hagen Danner, RHP, HS.
11.  Alejandro Toral, 1B, HS.

1 comment:

  1. Mark Buerhle wasnt a dominate pitcher, but sure was damn durable so i like that comp.