Monday, February 27, 2017
TAMPA — Had Billy McKinney not been taken by the A’s with the 24th pick in the first round of the 2013 draft, the Yankees were poised to take the left-handed-hitting outfielder from Plano West Senior High School in Texas.
With McKinney gone, the Yankees used the 26th pick to select Notre Dame third baseman Eric Jagielo. He was part of the deal with the Reds that landed Aroldis Chapman. McKinney came to the Yankees in July, when the Yankees sent Chapman to the Cubs in a trade that was highlighted by shortstop prospect Gleyber Torres.
McKinney, 22, wasn’t originally invited to big league camp, but when Mason Williams and Tyler Austin were injured, McKinney was summoned.
CAIRO isn’t a huge fan of McKinney this year, projecting his baseline at .244/.320/.373. His scouting reports say he’s not a CF, so that line is essentially replacement level for a corner OF. However, this is just his age 22 season so he may not be done improving.
Other spring training notes in this article include the Yankees trying Ronald Torreyes in the OF. Whatever it takes to get that fourteenth pitcher on the roster I guess…