21-Year-Old Outfielder – Chicago Cubs
2016 Fantasy Baseball Outlook
Addison Russell was the big prize from Oakland in the Jeff Samardzija trade in 2014, but McKinney's no second banana. The numbers don't jump off the page, but they were still very good for a 20-year-o...
Billy McKinney Contract Information:
Signed a $1.8 million signing bonus after getting drafted in June 2013.
McKinney will miss the rest of the season with a hairline fracture in his knee, Tennessee Smokies announcer Justin Rocke reports.
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Chicago Cubs Roster
MajorsAcevedo, Andury (P)
AAAAlmora, Albert (OF)
AABlack, Corey (P)
A+Blackburn, Paul (P)
AAmaya, Gioskar (2B)
RookieAdeman, Aramis (SS)
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RotoWire's Preseason Outlooks
Though Addison Russell was the big prize in the July trade for Jeff Samardzija and Jason Hammel, savvy dynasty leaguers noted the change of scenery for McKinney, a first-round draft pick in 2013. Still just 20, McKinney already has almost 800 plate appearances in the minors and has a good power/speed combination. Coupled with a decent batting eye (61:100 BB:K ratio in High-A last year), he has the potential to be a star for the Cubs if they can find room for him.
McKinney was the A's first-round draft pick in 2013 out of high school in Plano, Texas. The 18-year-old outfielder amassed 215 at-bats across Rookie Ball and Low-A and hit .326 with three homers and eight steals. Most scouts' take on McKinney is that his quick and short swing will translate well to professional baseball and while he does not truly excel in any particular area, he is a very complete and well-rounded player. McKinney only turned 19 in August, so he is a long ways from the majors, but he will be watched closely this year in High-A and could progress through the system fairly rapidly, especially for a player drafted out of high school.