Billy McKinney
Billy McKinney
25-Year-Old OutfielderOF
Toronto Blue Jays
2019 Fantasy Outlook
With the trade from New York to Toronto at the deadline, McKinney moved onto his fourth different major-league organization in six years since he was drafted with the 24th overall pick by the A's in 2013. It's not a great sign when three teams throw in the towel on you before your 23rd birthday. It's not like McKinney is a total scrub, but he can't play center field and the bat is light for a corner spot. McKinney got his first real look in the majors down the stretch and the results were respectable, as McKinney slugged .470 and posted a .338 wOBA in 128 plate appearances with the Blue Jays. However, he also struck out a quarter of the time and went just 3-for-21 (.143 AVG) against left-handed pitching. On a rebuilding Blue Jays team, McKinney will likely get a chance to prove himself further, but if he's not hitting for average he will need to keep up a similar homer pace to maintain steady playing time. Read Past Outlooks
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$Signed a $1.8 million signing bonus after getting drafted in June 2013.
Not in Sunday's lineup
OFToronto Blue Jays
September 29, 2019
McKinney is out of the lineup for Sunday's game against the Rays, Shi Davidi of Sportsnet.ca reports.
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McKinney will remain on the bench for the second straight contest and has a .731 OPS with three home runs over 17 games in September. Teoscar Hernandez slides over to left field while Jonathan Davis receives the start in center.
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Batting Order Slot Breakdown
vs Right-Handed Pitchers
vs RHP
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#2
#3
#4
#5
#6
#7
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#9
10
2
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18
2
vs Left-Handed Pitchers
vs LHP
#1
#2
#3
#4
#5
#6
#7
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#9
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Left/Right Batting Splits
Since 2017
 
 
+26%
OPS vs RHP
2019
 
 
+16%
OPS vs RHP
2018
 
 
+50%
OPS vs RHP
2017
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OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2017vs Left .599 77 11 4 7 0 .181 .224 .375
Since 2017vs Right .753 331 40 14 34 1 .238 .303 .450
2019vs Left .619 54 10 3 6 0 .196 .226 .392
2019vs Right .715 222 27 9 22 0 .220 .285 .430
2018vs Left .551 23 1 1 1 0 .143 .217 .333
2018vs Right .829 109 13 5 12 1 .276 .339 .490
2017vs Left 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2017vs Right 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
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Home/Away Batting Splits
Since 2017
 
 
+8%
OPS at Home
2019
 
 
+15%
OPS on Road
2018
 
 
+61%
OPS at Home
2017
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OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2017Home .754 184 27 12 23 1 .211 .284 .470
Since 2017Away .698 224 24 6 18 0 .240 .291 .407
2019Home .641 122 16 7 14 0 .179 .240 .402
2019Away .740 154 21 5 14 0 .245 .301 .439
2018Home .982 62 11 5 9 1 .278 .371 .611
2018Away .610 70 3 1 4 0 .231 .271 .338
2017Home 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2017Away 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
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Stat Review
How does Billy McKinney compare to other hitters?
This section compares his stats with all batting seasons from the previous three seasons (minimum 400 plate appearances)*. The bar represents the player's percentile rank. For example, if the bar is halfway across, then the player falls into the 50th percentile for that stat and it would be considered average.

* Exit Velocity and Barrels/PA % are benchmarked against 2019 data (min 400 PA) and Hard Hit Rate is benchmarked against last season's data (min 400 PA). See here for more exit velocity/barrels stats plus an explanation of current limitations with that data set.
  • BB/K
    Walk to strikeout ratio
  • BB Rate
    The percentage of plate appearances resulting in a walk.
  • K Rate
    The percentage of plate appearances resulting in a strikeout.
  • BABIP
    Batting average on balls in play. Measures how many of a batter’s balls in play go for hits.
  • ISO
    Isolated Power. Slugging percentage minus batting average. A computation used to measure a batter's raw power.
  • AVG
    Batting average. Hits divided by at bats.
  • OBP
    On Base Percentage. A measure of how often a batters reaches base. Roughly equal to number of times on base divided by plate appearances.
  • SLG
    Slugging Percentage. A measure of the batting productivity of a hitter. It is calculated as total bases divided by at bats.
  • OPS
    On base plus slugging. THe sum of a batter's on-base percentage and slugging percentage.
  • wOBA
    Weighted on-base average. Measures a player's overall offensive contributions per plate appearance. wOBA combines all the different aspects of hitting into one metric, weighting each of them in proportion to their actual run value.
  • Exit Velocity
    The speed of the baseball as it comes off the bat, immediately after a batter makes contact.
  • Hard Hit Rate
    A measure of contact quality from Sports Info Solutions. This stat explains what percentage of batted balls were hit hard vs. medium or soft.
  • Barrels/PA
    The percentage of plate appearances where a batter had a batted ball classified as a Barrel. A Barrel is a batted ball with similar exit velocity and launch angle to past ones that led to a minimum .500 batting average and 1.500 slugging percentage.
BB/K
0.26
 
BB Rate
6.9%
 
K Rate
26.4%
 
BABIP
.250
 
ISO
.207
 
AVG
.215
 
OBP
.274
 
SLG
.422
 
OPS
.696
 
wOBA
.304
 
Exit Velocity
86.5 mph
 
Hard Hit Rate
37.4%
 
Barrels/PA
3.3%
 
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
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The Yankees have so much position player depth that McKinney, who is 23 and was 40 percent better than the average International League hitter last year, has no obvious path to make the big-league roster this spring. After dominating Triple-A pitching over the second half of the season, McKinney slashed .279/.373/.426 in the Arizona Fall League, where he was playing first base, as the Yankees have more outfielders than they know what to do with. If Greg Bird were to struggle significantly or get hurt, McKinney could take over the strong side of a first base platoon with Tyler Austin. He could also be called upon to DH against righties if injuries strike the big-league roster, but those are the only two obvious paths to 2018 at-bats. While he excelled at Triple-A, his performance over 269 games at Double-A was rarely inspiring, so this will serve as a prove-it year against Triple-A pitching. While he may never get the chance in New York, McKinney could provide 20-homer pop and a .260 or .270 average over a full season.
McKinney was acquired by the Yankees from the Cubs as part of the Aroldis Chapman deal, but he has seen his prospect luster fade over the last two seasons. Perhaps McKinney's best tool is his strike-zone judgment, as he drew 59 walks in 123 games in 2016 at Double-A Tennessee and Trenton. However, he hit just .246 with four home runs and four steals over that span. The 22-year-old lefty has never stolen more than eight bases in a season, while clubbing just 11 home runs combined over the past two seasons. If McKinney cannot hit closer to .300, as he did in 2015, his upside is extremely limited, as he does not possess plus power or plus speed on the basepaths. McKinney may be a better real-life player than fantasy contributor, but the Yankees can afford to send him back to Double-A to begin 2017 with the hope that he will push his way to Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre over the course of the year.
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-old, including a .976 OPS for High-A Myrtle Beach and 26 doubles in 274 at-bats for Double-A Tennessee, and he may be the Cubs' best prospect at this point. Unfortunately, a hairline fracture in his knee ended his 2015 season prematurely. He's shown good contact in his three years in the minors, topping 75 percent contact rate at every stop and drawing walks at a decent clip. If those doubles turn into home runs, look out. One area of concern, however: after stealing 14 bases over his first two years in the minors, he had zero (in just two attempts) last year. While the future is bright, a lack of stolen bases limits his fantasy upside.
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.
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Out of Saturday's lineup
OFToronto Blue Jays
September 28, 2019
McKinney is not in Saturday's lineup against the Rays, Ben Wagner of Sportsnet reports.
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Blasts two late home runs
OFToronto Blue Jays
September 23, 2019
McKinney went 2-for-5 with two home runs, three RBI, two runs scored and two strikeouts in the Blue Jays' 8-3 loss to the Yankees on Sunday.
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Pops ninth homer
OFToronto Blue Jays
August 14, 2019
McKinney went 1-for-3 with a walk and a solo home run in Tuesday's win over the Rangers.
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Returning to big club
OFToronto Blue Jays
August 12, 2019
The Blue Jays will recall McKinney from Triple-A Buffalo ahead of Monday's series opener with the Rangers, Scott Mitchell of TSN.ca reports.
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Sent to minors
OFToronto Blue Jays
August 2, 2019
McKinney was optioned to Triple-A Buffalo on Friday.
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