Talented former first-round pick Billy McKinney
Talented former first-round pick Billy McKinneyin Dies ist ein Forum in der Kategorie 10.01.2019 03:02
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MIAMI — http://www.metsfanproshop.com/authentic-jacob-degrom-jersey , the Toronto Blue Jays’ rookie left fielder and leadoff batter, is already playing for his fourth major-league organization even though he is only 24 years old.On Friday, when the Jays visit the Miami Marlins to start a three-game series, McKinney will carry a .351 batting average with an even more impressive OPS of 1.147. He has played just 12 games this year but already has three homers and four doubles.McKinney, who is from Texas, was drafted 24th overall straight out of high school by the Oakland A’s in 2013. In 2014, he was part of a blockbuster trade, getting sent to the Chicago Cubs along with shortstop Addison Russell and right-hander Dan Straily.Article continues below ...Ironically, Straily is the pitcher McKinney will face on Friday.In 2016, the Cubs traded for closer Aroldis Chapman, sending McKinney and three other prospects to the New York Yankees.McKinney made his major-league debut this year with the Yankees, getting a hit in his first at-bat. But he injured his left shoulder the next day, went to the disabled list and, ultimately, back to the minors.On July 26, the Yankees traded McKinney to Toronto Nolan Ryan Jersey , and the Blue Jays promoted him to the majors on Aug. 17.The reason McKinney is important is that the Jays (60-73) are going nowhere this year. They have lost four games in a row and were just swept in three by the team with the worst record in the majors, the Baltimore Orioles.Toronto has to find players who belong as part of their future, which is where McKinney comes into play.McKinney — if nothing else — was part of two trades that helped the Cubs acquire Russell and Chapman, who played large roles in Chicago ending its 108-year World Series title drought.But can McKinney be more than just a trivia question? So far, he is proving some scouting reports wrong.“Scouts who saw McKinney at (Triple-A) Scranton said he was a low-energy player who looked lost against pitchers with an even average breaking ball,” Baseball America wrote.On Friday, McKinney will face Straily (5-6, 4.35 ERA), who is coming off a great performance in his most recent start. Straily allowed just three hits and no runs in a win over the Atlanta Braves.Straily relied mostly on his fastball, which he threw 44 times, and his slider, which he tossed 39 times.“I had zero changeup, so I had to have those two (other pitches),” Straily said. “I found out early that I didn’t have my changeup. I got three outs on my changeup but that was later in the game. Early on, it was nonexistent.”The Jays will counter with right-hander Aaron Sanchez (3-5, 4.95 ERA) http://www.metsfanproshop.com/authentic-tom-seaver-jersey , a 26-year-old Californian who was drafted 34th overall by Toronto in 2010.Sanchez throws an above-average fastball at 93.7 mph, but he missed time this year with a contusion on his right index finger. In his only start since returning from the disabled list, Sanchez was not sharp, allowing six runs in four innings.Since there is no designated hitter at a National League park, it will be interesting to see what the Jays do with DH Kendrys Morales, the reigning American League Player of the Week after hitting .481 with eight homers and 13 RBIs. His streak of at least one homer a game ended at seven on Monday, still setting a franchise record.The major-league record is eight, held by Marlins manager Don Mattingly along with Ken Griffey Jr. and Dale Long.Mattingly, though, is more worried about his current team as opposed to his old hitting exploits. The Marlins (53-81) have the second-worst record in the National League and are in a similar position as the Jays, trying to find out who is part of their future.The Marlins have actually played well in their past 10 games, going 5-5 — all against quality opponents.During that span, they took two of three from the Washington Nationals, split two games with the Yankees, split four games with the first-place Atlanta Braves and scored 13 runs but still lost two straight to the team with the best record in the majors, the Boston Red Sox. It was a steep fall from grace for a man who'd have garnered blue-chip prospects a year or two earlier. And it was a painful concession for Toronto Asdrubal Cabrera Jersey , which waited too long to trade its franchise player.Then again, it was also a second chance. The Jays were going nowhere in an American League East dominated by the Boston Red Sox and New York Yankees.The Indians, on the other hand, were waltzing to a third straight AL Central title.The Tribe wanted offensive help. Donaldson, presumably, wanted another crack at an October run and a chance to put his injury woes and underperformance in the rearview mirror.Roller skate, meet key.In 16 regular-season games with Cleveland, Donaldson hit .280 with a .920 OPS."I'm glad he's on our side now," Indians right-hander Josh Tomlinsaid, per Jordan Bastian of MLB.com. "Watching that swing as opposed to actually having to face that swing."The swap was subject to scrutiny by the Red Sox and Yankees, according to a report by Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic.At the time of the deal, Donaldson hadn't played in the majors since May 28. Per MLB rules, a player has to be healthy to be put on revocable trade waivers.Small-sample caveats aside, Donaldson's performance with the Indians proved he was healthy and laid those objections to rest. Also, it primed him for an October outburst that could swell his bank account.Bryce Harper and Manny Machado will headline the2018-19 free-agent class. Neither player was stellar in his contract year, but the 25-year-old Harper and 26-year-old Machado ought to command contracts north of $300 million and possibly in the vicinity of $400 million.For the clubs that strike out on that dynamic duo http://www.metsfanproshop.com/authentic-tug-mcgraw-jersey , Donaldson is an intriguing, roll-of-the-dice consolation prize.Is there risk? Sure. A player who's entering his age-33 season with nagging injury issues doesn't scream "wise investment."Donaldson isn't merely some player, however. He's a rare talent who isn't far removed from elite production. On a shorter-term pact worth hundreds of millions less than what Harper and Machado will reel in, he could be an unmitigated bargain.Ed Zurga/Getty ImagesIt'll depend on how Donaldson performs in the playoffs. After cruising to victory in the weak AL Central with a 91-71 record, the Indians will kick off their October slate against the defending MLB champion Houston Astros on Friday.For what it's worth, Donaldson owns a .333 average against Astros righty Justin Verlander in 18 at-bats, a .292 average against southpaw Dallas Keuchel in 24 at-bats and is hitless against righty Gerrit Cole in three at-bats.In 133 postseason plate appearances, he's slashed .292/.361/.475.If he rakes and the Indians advance, his stock will soar. If he stumbles and Cleveland makes an early exit, he could be in line for a one-year show-me contract.It's Donaldson's move, in other words. Recent results indicate he's prepared to take advantage.Harper and Machado will gobble up the headlines. But a former MVP is poised to reclaim his seat at the superstar table.General managers, prepare your checkbooks.All statistics courtesy of FanGraphs.
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