Billy McKinney
Billy McKinney
24-Year-Old OutfielderOF
Toronto Blue Jays
2018 Fantasy Outlook
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. Read Past Outlooks
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$Signed a $1.8 million signing bonus after getting drafted in June 2013.
Not in lineup Sunday
OFToronto Blue Jays
September 23, 2018
McKinney is out of the lineup for Sunday's game against Tampa Bay.
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McKinney heads to the bench after starting the last seven games, going 4-for-24 (.167 average) with nine strikeouts in that stretch. Jonathan Davis is leading off and starting in left field for the Blue Jays in the series finale.
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Left/Right Batting Splits
Since 2016
 
 
+1%
OPS vs RHP
2018
 
 
+1%
OPS vs RHP
2017
No Stats
2016
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OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2016vs Left .824 14 1 1 1 0 .231 .286 .538
Since 2016vs Right .832 93 11 4 11 0 .286 .344 .488
2018vs Left .824 14 1 1 1 0 .231 .286 .538
2018vs Right .832 93 11 4 11 0 .286 .344 .488
2017vs Left 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2017vs Right 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2016vs Left 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2016vs Right 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
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Home/Away Batting Splits
Since 2016
 
 
+70%
OPS at Home
2018
 
 
+70%
OPS at Home
2017
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2016
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OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2016Home 1.087 47 9 4 8 0 .317 .404 .683
Since 2016Away .640 60 3 1 4 0 .250 .283 .357
2018Home 1.087 47 9 4 8 0 .317 .404 .683
2018Away .640 60 3 1 4 0 .250 .283 .357
2017Home 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2017Away 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2016Home 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2016Away 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
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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.
BB/K
0.28
 
BB Rate
7.1%
 
K Rate
25.7%
 
BABIP
.329
 
ISO
.204
 
AVG
.272
 
OBP
.327
 
SLG
.476
 
OPS
.803
 
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
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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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Swats fifth homer
OFToronto Blue Jays
September 19, 2018
McKinney went 2-for-4 with a solo home run in Wednesday's 2-1 loss to the Orioles.
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Out of Saturday's lineup
OFToronto Blue Jays
September 15, 2018
McKinney is not in the lineup against the Yankees on Saturday, Hazel Mae of Sportsnet.ca reports.
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On bench vs. lefty
OFToronto Blue Jays
September 13, 2018
McKinney is not in the lineup Thursday against the Red Sox.
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Hits bench Tuesday
OFToronto Blue Jays
September 11, 2018
McKinney is not in the lineup Tuesday in Boston.
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Blasts fourth homer
OFToronto Blue Jays
September 5, 2018
McKinney went 1-for-4 with a walk, a solo homer and an additional run scored in Wednesday's win over the Rays.
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