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Pitcher? Hitter? Both? MLB draft marked by 2-way players

13 Juin 2017

University of Louisville junior two-way player Brendan McKay has been selected by the Tampa Bay Rays as the No. 4 pick in the June Major League Baseball Amateur Draft. The junior from Darllington, Pennsylvania, was named the John Olerud Award victor earlier in the day, marking the third straight season he won the award given annually to the top two-way player in college baseball. McKay, who pitches and plays first base at Louisville, was introduced as a first baseman by the commissioner. The Cardinals (52-10) will compete in Omaha, Neb., this weekend. He set the school record for single-season strike outs with 140, and career record with 385.

The former WPIAL star is the team's ace pitcher and cleanup hitter.

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At the plate, the lefty-swinging standout has a.343 batting average, 17 home runs, 13 doubles, 56 RBIs and a.464 on-base percentage in 60 starts as a hitter this season. He was almost as impressive on the mound with a 10-3 record, 2.34 ERA, 140 strikeouts, and just 33 walks in 104 innings. In mock drafts, McKay was projected to go first overall by ESPN, MLB.com, and Baseball America, though the Twins chose prep shortstop Royce Lewis with that pick in a bit of a surprise.

Pitcher? Hitter? Both? MLB draft marked by 2-way players