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.

McKinney seemed likely to move up to West Virginia in 2014, but he wasn’t on the roster initially.  That may have resulted from a numbers game.  The Pirates tend to rotate a lot of pitchers through the low A bullpen, so it’s very likely McKinney will be there at some point.

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
2014: Minor league contract
PLAYER INFORMATION
Signing Bonus:
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.