Brendan McKay drafted by the Rays in MLB Draft

Two-way college star Brendan McKay will begin his professional career with the Tampa Bay Rays, who selected him with the No. 4 overall pick in the 2017 MLB First-Year Player Draft.

In McKay’s three years at Louisville, he’s won the John Olerud Award, which is awarded to college baseball’s top two-way player each season. A first baseman and left-handed pitcher, McKay doesn’t favor one position more than the other, but the Rays prefer him as a position player.

With a smooth left-handed swing, McKay uses all-fields at the plate with average power that could improve if he concentrates exclusively on hitting.

On the mound, McKay has a three-pitch mix, featuring a low-90s fastball, a curveball and an improving changeup, which he spent the off-season refining. The 6-foot-2, 212-pound lefty also has above-average control.

Pro teams are confident McKay can polish his rough edges, whether it’s as a position player or pitcher, once he focuses on one position.

The bonus slot value for the No. 4 overall pick is $12,528,100.

Read my feature article on Brendan McKay here:
An intriguing two-way player: Brendan McKay

Dan Zielinski III
Dan Zielinski III
Dan Zielinski III is the creator of the Baseball Prospect Journal and has covered the MLB draft since 2015. His draft work originally appeared on, a sports website he started in December 2011. He also covered the Milwaukee Brewers as a member of the credentialed media for four years. Follow him on Twitter @DanZielinski3.

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