Tampa Bay Rays: 2019 Top 15 Pitching Prospects

By Austin Reimann
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#2: Brendan McKay, LHP, 23

One of the most exciting prospects the Rays have had in years, sure he can hit but he can really pitch.

Height/Weight: 6’2″ / 215

Drafted: | Signed: 1st, 2017(4th) | 7,005,000

School: Louisville

Pitch Grades (Via FanGraphs):

FB: 55/55

CB: 55/60

CH: 50/55

CU: 50/55

FB velocity: 91-95, T-96

The Rays took Brendan McKay with the 4th overall pick in the 2017 draft and allowed him to hit and pitch. He still plays first, but he has been dominant on the mound and his bat hasn’t quite caught up. FanGraphs ranked him as the #2 prospect in the Rays system while BA ranked him 3rd.

Off-speed: BA on his cutter, “The cutter he learned during his junior year at Louisville has become a plus pitch. He varies its shape to where it looks like a bat-missing slider at times.”. They also talked about his changeup and curveball, ” He locates his average curveball and changeup.”

Delivery: McKay’s delivery is clean and repeatable. He hides the ball rather well and doesn’t exert too much energy.

2018 numbers at GCL, Bowling Green, and Charlotte:

78.1 IP // 2.41 ERA // 103K/15BB // 11.83K/9 // 1.61 BB/9

  • Career 0.85 WHIP

Thoughts: McKay is as exciting as it gets. He has outstanding control and really nice 4 pitch repertoire. He was recently ranked as the 47th best prospect in all of baseball by BA. He projects as a #2-3 starter. I can’t wait to see what happens at Montgomery in 2019. The biggest question will be whether or not his bat will be able to keep up with his great arm…