BRETT MCKINNEY
RIGHT HANDED PITCHER
Born: November 19, 1990
Height: 6′ 1″
Weight: 224
Bats: Right
Throws: Right
Drafted: 19th Round, 569th Overall, 2013
How Acquired: Draft
College: Ohio State
Agent: N/A

WTM’S PIRATE PLAYER PROFILES

McKinney moved to the bullpen during his senior year with Ohio State, and his numbers improved significantly.  He throws his fastball around 90 MPH, but can hit 94 out of the bullpen.  McKinney was a senior and signed quickly.

2013
A-:  1-0-10, 3.45 ERA, 1.26 WHIP, 28.2 IP, 2.8 BB/9, 8.5 K/9

The Pirates used McKinney as the primary closer at Jamestown.  He mostly did well, but had a little trouble with gopher balls, allowing five, which was more than one every six innings.  According to Baseball America, his fastball topped out at 95-96.

2014
A:  4-4-4, 2.20 ERA, 1.14 WHIP, 49.0 IP, 3.7 BB/9, 8.8 K/9
A+:  0-0-0, 0.00 ERA, 0.00 WHIP, 1.0 IP, 0.0 BB/9, 0.0 K/9

McKinney opened the season in extended spring training, but the Pirates sent him to West Virginia in mid-April and he spent the season there, except for making his very last appearance for Bradenton.  He had a strong season, although his walk rate increased a bit and he had a slight problem with HRs, allowing six.  He gave up five in his first season, so that could be an issue.  McKinney had a huge platoon split, holding right-handed batters to a puny .490 OPS, while left-handed batters had an .801 OPS against him.

McKinney should move up to Bradenton in 2015.  If he continues to pitch well, he could be a candidate for a mid-season promotion to AA.

STATS
Baseball Reference–Minors
Fangraphs
MiLB.com

College
W-L-Sv
G
GS
IP
H
HR
BB
K
WHIP
OAVG
ERA
2013 4-4-1 25 3 47.1 36 0 14 57 1.06 .213 2.66
2012 5-6-0 18 12 71.0 73 6 25 48 1.38 .267 4.18
2011 3-3-0 17 10 64.1 67 3 20 49 1.35 .265 4.48
2010 3-4-0 16 11 59.1 78 4 32 46 1.85 .318 6.67
CONTRACT INFORMATION
2015: Minor league contract
PLAYER INFORMATION
Signing Bonus: N/A
MiLB Debut: 2013
MLB Debut:
MiLB FA Eligible: 2019
MLB FA Eligible:
Rule 5 Eligible: 2016
Added to 40-Man:
Options Remaining: 3
MLB Service Time: 0.000
TRANSACTIONS
June 8, 2013: Drafted by the Pittsburgh Pirates in the 19th round, 569th overall pick; signed on June 12.