San Francisco Giants: Early Look at Possible 2017 Draft Picks
Brendan McKay is a very interesting player, and one that I have kept my eye on for the past two years. This junior, left-handed pitcher for Louisville reminds me a lot of Madison Bumgarner.
He’s not nearly as big, coming in at 6-foot-2, 215 pounds, but he’s a great two-way player who can pitch and rake at the plate.
As a freshman he dominated the ACC by going 9-3 in 20 games (13 starts) and picking up 4 saves. He also struck out 117 batters in just 96.2 innings pitched. He also was third on the team that year with a .308 batting average in 211 at-bats with a team-high on-base-percentage of .418.
He followed that up by going 12-4 in 17 starts his sophomore season, while striking out 128 batters in 109.2 innings pitched. At the plate he hit .333 in 228 at-bats with 6 home runs and 41 RBIs to go along with a .414 on-base-percentage.
This guy was made to be a pitcher in the National League.
The one downside I will note on him as a pitcher is that he gets a little erratic at times. Last year he walked 42 batters and had 9 wild pitches.
He has a fastball, curveball and change-up mix. His fastball reaches up to 93 MPH, so he doesn’t necessarily overpower hitters. His curveball is a big 12-6 breaker, but sometimes he struggles to control that pitch.
Baseball America has him as the fourth best college prospect, while Perfect Game has him as the 14th best overall prospect. So again, he would have to fall quite a bit for the San Francisco Giants to grab him.
I think his abilities fit extremely well with what the San Francisco Giants are doing, and a National League team has to grab this guy.