Brendan McKay
Brendan McKay
23-Year-Old PitcherSP
Tampa Bay Rays
2019 Fantasy Outlook
The bulk of the MLB value McKay will provide will come as a starting pitcher, but he will continue to be developed as a two-way player, for now. The 6-foot-2 southpaw dominated across 78.1 innings, primarily at Low-A and High-A. McKay works with a plus fastball (92-94 mph) and plus cutter, mixing in a curveball and changeup that are solid third and fourth pitches. His advanced strike-throwing ability allows his arsenal to play up. He missed a month in the middle of the season with a strained oblique and his GB% plummeted from an elite 61.0% in the Midwest League to a below-average 37.7% in the Florida State League. Already 23 years old, McKay seems destined to be a No. 3 starter, as early as 2020. At the plate, he walks almost as much as he strikes out, but that passivity prohibits him from regularly getting to his plus power. He is no Shohei Ohtani, but could get some starts at first base or DH against righties when he is not pitching. Read Past Outlooks
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$Signed a contract with the Rays in June of 2017 that includes a $7 million signing bonus.
Slated for bullpen role Tuesday
PTampa Bay Rays
September 24, 2019
McKay is expected to pitch out of the bullpen Tuesday against the Yankees, Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports.
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McKay was originally scheduled to start, but the Rays opted to give Yonny Chirinos the ball instead. Seeing as Chirinos will be on a limited pitch count, McKay will be the one most likely to fact into a decision. In 46.2 big-league innings this season, the rookie left-hander owns a 5.40 ERA, 1.41 WHIP and 53:15 K:BB.
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Pitching Appearances Breakdown
Average Pitch Count
56
Last 10 Games
39
Last 5 Games
13
How many pitches does Brendan McKay generally throw?
 
1-10
 
11-20
 
21-30
 
31-40
 
41-50
 
51-60
 
61-70
 
71-80
 
81-90
 
91-100
 
101-110
 
111-120
 
121+
 
1-10
 
11-20
 
21-30
 
31-40
 
41-50
 
51-60
 
61-70
 
71-80
 
81-90
 
91-100
 
101-110
 
111-120
 
121+
 
1-10
 
11-20
 
21-30
 
31-40
 
41-50
 
51-60
 
61-70
 
71-80
 
81-90
 
91-100
 
101-110
 
111-120
 
121+
What part of the game does Brendan McKay generally pitch?
 
 
 
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9th
 
Extra
 
 
 
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Extra
 
 
 
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% Games Reaching Innings Threshold
% Games By Number of Innings Pitched
Left/Right Batting Splits
Since 2017
 
 
+56%
OPS vs RHP
2019
 
 
+56%
OPS vs RHP
2018
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2017
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OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2017vs Left .500 2 0 0 0 0 .000 .500 .000
Since 2017vs Right .778 9 2 1 1 0 .222 .222 .556
2019vs Left .500 2 0 0 0 0 .000 .500 .000
2019vs Right .778 9 2 1 1 0 .222 .222 .556
2018vs Left 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2018vs Right 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
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
 
 
+88%
OPS at Home
2019
 
 
+88%
OPS at Home
2018
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2017
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OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2017Home 1.000 5 1 1 1 0 .200 .200 .800
Since 2017Away .533 6 1 0 0 0 .200 .333 .200
2019Home 1.000 5 1 1 1 0 .200 .200 .800
2019Away .533 6 1 0 0 0 .200 .333 .200
2018Home 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2018Away 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2017Home 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2017Away 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
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Left/Right Pitching Splits
Since 2017
 
 
-23%
BAA vs LHP
2019
 
 
-23%
BAA vs LHP
2018
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2017
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BAA Batters K BB H 2B 3B HR
Since 2017vs Left .220 52 8 2 11 5 0 0
Since 2017vs Right .284 164 48 14 42 10 1 8
2019vs Left .220 52 8 2 11 5 0 0
2019vs Right .284 164 48 14 42 10 1 8
2018vs Left 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2018vs Right 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2017vs Left 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2017vs Right 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
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Home/Away Pitching Splits
Since 2017
 
 
-3%
ERA at Home
2019
 
 
-3%
ERA at Home
2018
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2017
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ERA WHIP IP W L SV K/9 BB/9 HR/9
Since 2017Home 5.06 1.31 26.2 1 3 0 10.1 2.0 2.0
Since 2017Away 5.24 1.52 22.1 1 1 0 10.5 4.0 0.8
2019Home 5.06 1.31 26.2 1 3 0 10.1 2.0 2.0
2019Away 5.24 1.52 22.1 1 1 0 10.5 4.0 0.8
2018Home 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2018Away 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
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 Brendan McKay compare to other starting pitchers?
This section compares his stats with all starting pitcher seasons from the previous three seasons (minimum 120 innings)*. 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, Barrels/BBE %, Balls Hit 95+ MPH %, and Spin Rate are benchmarked against 2019 data (min 120 IP). See here for more exit velocity/barrels stats plus an explanation of current limitations with that data set.
  • K/BB
    Strikeout to walk ratio.
  • K/9
    Average strikeouts per nine innings.
  • BB/9
    Average walks per nine innings.
  • HR/9
    Average home runs allowed per nine innings.
  • Fastball
    Average fastball velocity.
  • ERA
    Earned run average. The average earned runs allowed per nine innings.
  • WHIP
    Walks plus hits per inning pitched.
  • BABIP
    Batting average on balls in play. Measures how many balls in play against a pitcher go for hits.
  • GB/FB
    Groundball to flyball ratio. The higher the number, the more likely a pitcher is to induce groundballs.
  • Left On Base
    The percentage of base runners that a pitcher strands on base over the course of a season.
  • Exit Velocity
    The speed of the baseball as it comes off the bat, immediately after a batter makes contact.
  • Barrels/BBE
    The percentage of batted ball events resulting in 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.
  • Spin Rate
    Spin Rate is the rate of spin on a baseball after it is released. It is measured in revolutions per minute (rpm).
  • Balls Hit 95+ MPH
    The percentage of batted balls hit that met or exceeded the 95 MPH threshold.
  • Swinging Strike
    The percentage of pitches that result in a swing and a miss.
K/BB
3.50
 
K/9
10.3
 
BB/9
2.9
 
HR/9
1.5
 
Fastball
93.7 mph
 
ERA
5.14
 
WHIP
1.41
 
BABIP
.354
 
GB/FB
0.83
 
Left On Base
64.0%
 
Exit Velocity
91.2 mph
 
Barrels/BBE
9.2%
 
Spin Rate
2128 rpm
 
Balls Hit 95+ MPH
45.1%
 
Swinging Strike
10.8%
 
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2018 Fantasy Outlook
The dream of a true two-way player is alive with McKay, who received the second highest bonus in the 2017 draft. He was Hudson Valley's starting pitcher every Sunday, got Wednesday's off for his side session, and saw time at first base and DH in between. On the mound, the 6-foot-2 lefty has a quality four-pitch mix, led by his 93-94 mph fastball. He notched a 21:5 K:BB in 20 innings while holding hitters to a .147 average, looking the part of a future mid-rotation starter. As a hitter, he slashed .268/.374/.454 with four home runs in 97 at-bats against righties, but was completely overmatched in a small sample against lefties. The Rays have said they envisioned him as a hitter when they drafted him, so he may still end up as a full-time first baseman. He worked strictly as a hitter in fall instructs after reaching his innings limit on the mound, but given his relative success in both roles, he will probably go back out as a two-way player again this season.
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Not starting Tuesday
PTampa Bay Rays
September 23, 2019
McKay is no longer scheduled to start Tuesday against the Yankees, Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports.
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Slugs first major-league homer
PTampa Bay Rays
September 23, 2019
McKay entered Sunday's loss to the Red Sox as a pinch hitter and hit a solo home run in his only at-bat.
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Lasts four innings in no-decision
PTampa Bay Rays
September 19, 2019
McKay gave up three runs on three hits and one walk while striking out three through four innings in a no-decision against the Dodgers on Wednesday.
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Falls to 2-4
PTampa Bay Rays
September 12, 2019
McKay (2-4) took the loss against the Rangers on Thursday, giving up three earned runs on six hits over 3.1 innings, striking out two and walking two as the Rays eventually fell 6-4.
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Sticking in rotation
PTampa Bay Rays
September 9, 2019
McKay is scheduled to make his next start Thursday against the Rangers in Texas.
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