Beaver County native McKay chosen No. 4 by Rays in MLB Draft

Ruben Hill
June 13, 2017

Would a team choose him among the first five picks, as draft analysts suggested?

The Rays selected Louisville 1B/LHP Brendan McKay with the fourth overall pick in the draft, a true two-way player.

A three-time All-American and three-time John Olerud Two-Way Player of the Year, McKay has been a star since he arrived on U of L's campus. The 21-year-old McKay is a 6-foot-2, 212-pound left-hander and first baseman who has superb control of his pitches and can hit for both average and power. He holds Louisville school records for strikeouts in a single season (140) and a career (385), but Tampa designated him as a hitter.

On Saturday, McKay worked into the seventh inning, striking out nine in UofL's Super Regional clincher over Kentucky, giving the Cards a two-game sweep and sending them to the College World Series. The native of Darlington, Pa., last weekend became the Cardinals' all-time strikeout leader.

This season McKay batted.343 with 17 home runs, 56 RBI, and a.464 on-base percentage. 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. This is McKay's fourth major award in 2017 as he is also the ACC Player of the Year and national Player of the Year by Baseball America and Collegiate Baseball newspaper. For his career, McKay is batting.328 with 27 home runs, 46 doubles and 131 RBIs.

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