Billy McKinney

Billy McKinney

29-Year-Old OutfielderOF
Pittsburgh Pirates
2024 Fantasy Outlook
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$Signed a one-year, minor-league contract with the Yankees in December of 2023. Traded to the Pirates in December of 2023.
Dealt to Pirates
OFPittsburgh Pirates  AAA
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December 14, 2023
McKinney (back) was traded by the Yankees to the Pirates in exchange for international bonus pool money Thursday, Mark Feinsand of MLB.com reports.
ANALYSIS
McKinney spent the 2023 season in the Yankees organization and agreed to a minor-league deal to return to the club earlier in the offseason. He should provide depth in the Pirates outfield but is unlikely to draw regular playing time, barring injury.
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+7%
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Since 2022vs Left .652 19 1 1 2 1 .222 .263 .389
Since 2022vs Right .609 185 21 6 16 0 .185 .276 .333
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2023vs Left .733 10 0 0 1 1 .333 .400 .333
2023vs Right .726 137 19 6 13 0 .218 .314 .412
2022vs Left .556 9 1 1 1 0 .111 .111 .444
2022vs Right .283 48 2 0 3 0 .093 .167 .116
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Since 2022Home .730 108 14 6 13 1 .216 .287 .443
Since 2022Away .477 96 8 1 5 0 .157 .260 .217
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2023Home .927 80 13 6 11 1 .268 .350 .577
2023Away .477 67 6 0 3 0 .175 .284 .193
2022Home .184 28 1 0 2 0 .077 .107 .077
2022Away .476 29 2 1 2 0 .115 .207 .269
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Playing time should increase
OFLos Angeles Dodgers  AAA
September 5, 2021
McKinney should get more frequent opportunities in the outfield now that AJ Pollock is out with a hamstring strain for at least a couple weeks.
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The 27-year-old has contributed little offensively in 33 games for the Dodgers, hitting .156/.290/.247 with a home run, two doubles and seven RBI. With Chris Taylor likely becoming the everyday left fielder in Pollock's absence, McKinney is now the primary option to start when Taylor, Mookie Betts or Cody Bellinger requires a day off.
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McKinney played for three different teams in 2021, spending time with the Brewers, Mets and Dodgers. The 27-year-old's most productive stint came in New York -- he generated a .220 average, .776 OPS and 12 extra-base hits (six doubles, one triple, five home runs) across 102 plate appearances -- but the combination of his season 26.3 percent strikeout rate and .235 BABIP helped lead to a collective .192/.280/.358 slash line. McKinney subsequently joined the Athletics on a minor-league deal March 16 and proceeded to make the Opening Day roster with a solid finish to spring training; the hope is he'll be able to provide occasional pop while filling in at the corner outfield spots and first base as Oakland attempts to replace some of the power production that left town with the trades of Matt Olson and Matt Chapman.
Though he drew hype as a prospect in the Yankees' organization, McKinney failed to command regular playing time in the Blue Jays' outfield. As a result, McKinney was DFA'd by the Blue Jays and joined his third organization after being claimed by the Brewers. Due to Milwaukee's lack of offseason moves, McKinney could be called into a relatively large role as an outfielder or first baseman in 2021. However, even if he manages to fall into playing time, McKinney has given little indication that he'll produce anything worthwhile in fantasy. Across 411 plate appearances in the big leagues, he's posted just a .231/.291/.437 line. With a 25.8 K%, he's failed to make consistent contact. More problematic, even when he does get the bat on the ball, McKinney has posted below-average exit velocity and hard-hit rates. Entering his age-26 season, McKinney is running out of chances to prove he's a viable major-leaguer.
McKinney has done little with his major-league opportunities so far, and his spot on the Blue Jays' 40-man roster should be considered tenuous, at best. The 25-year-old amassed just a .696 OPS with 12 home runs in 84 games in 2019. Although McKinney is still only 25, the 2013 first-round pick is already onto his fourth different major-league organization. The outfielder recorded a 26.4 K% while his walk rate dropped to 6.9%, showing a decline in plate discipline from an already-shaky level. His below-average power and lack of speed make him a weak fantasy outfielder even when he is getting the playing time. If he doesn't tear it up in Dunedin this spring, McKinney could find himself on the outs in favor of Derek Fisher or someone else who can play center field, which McKinney cannot.
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.
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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Returns to The Bronx
OFNew York Yankees  AAA
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December 8, 2023
McKinney (back) signed a minor-league contract with the Yankees on Friday, Jack Curry of YES Network reports.
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Hits free agent market
OFFree Agent  AAA
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November 6, 2023
McKinney (back) elected to become a free agent Monday.
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Placed on outright waivers
OFNew York Yankees  AAA
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November 2, 2023
The Yankees outrighted McKinney (back) to Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre on Thursday, Joel Sherman of the New York Post reports.
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Placed on 10-day IL
OFNew York Yankees  AAA
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August 22, 2023
The Yankees placed McKinney on the 10-day injured list Tuesday with a left lower-back spasm.
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Rejoins lineup for series finale
OFNew York Yankees  AAA
August 20, 2023
McKinney (back) will start in left field and bat seventh in Sunday's game against the Red Sox.
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