Sturdy frame; more athletic than he gets credit for.
5/9/2017, 5/25/2017, 5/26/2017
55; Above-Average Regular
Above-average bat speed; quick and loose hands/wrists; tremendous barrel control; relaxed approach; typically very quick to the ball; swing can get long at times; exceptional feel for the zone; minimal lower half movement; elite hand-eye coordination.
Good leverage; drives the ball well; clean, efficient swing mechanics; shows potential for 15-25 HR power in MLB; gets good loft on pitches down in the zone.
Smart baserunner with modest speed; shows potential for improvement.
Solid defensively at first; seems comfortable fielding the ball, taking throws, etc.
Elite arm; rests arm playing first between starts.
McKay showcases elite bat-to-ball skills, with an unexpected increase in in-game power this season. McKay’s hit tool can carry him through the minors; the only concern is whether it’ll play at first base where the demands on the bat are higher. There’s the potential for a real impact position player here, the type of player who’s an All-Star multiple times over the course of his career.
If you believe there’s potential for McKay to play the outfield long term, as I do, it makes his potential profile as a position player even more attractive.