Brendan McKay
22-Year-Old First Baseman1B
Tampa Bay Rays A+
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. Read Past Outlooks
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$Signed a contract with the Rays in June of 2017 that includes a $7 million signing bonus.
Put on DL with oblique issue
1BTampa Bay Rays  A+
Oblique
August 30, 2018
McKay was placed on the 7-day disabled list at High-A Charlotte due to an oblique issue, Marc Topkin of The Tampa Bay Times reports.
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McKay will likely remain sidelined for the rest of the 2018 campaign since the minor-league season is nearing its end. The 22-year-old previously spent around three weeks on the DL earlier this year due to an oblique injury, so it's expected that the Rays will take this slow to ensure that he comes back fully healthy.
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Shines on mound Tuesday
1BTampa Bay Rays  A+
August 8, 2018
McKay spun five shutout innings while notching five strikeouts and giving up only three hits and a walk Tuesday in High-A Charlotte's 4-0 win over Bradenton.
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RBI double in return to action
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July 19, 2018
McKay went 1-for-4 with an RBI double and a run in High-A Charlotte's loss to Tampa on Wednesday.
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Activated from DL
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July 18, 2018
McKay (oblique) was reinstated from the minor-league disabled list Wednesday, Marc Topkin of The Tampa Bay Times reports.
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Begins rehab assignment
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Oblique
July 10, 2018
McKay (oblique) went 0-for-3 with a HBP for Tampa Bay's rookie Gulf Coast League team Monday as part of a rehab assignment.
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Expected to miss three weeks
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Oblique
June 21, 2018
McKay is expected to be sidelined for three weeks due to tightness in his right oblique muscle, Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports.
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