July 24, 2021

The season that was: Billy McKinney (Bluebird Banter)

Billy McKinney came to us in the J.A. Happ trade, along with Brandon Drury.

He was a first round draft pick of the Oakland A’s in 2013. In 2014 the A’s sent him to the Cubs in a big trade that had Addison Russell and Dan Straily go with him to the Cubs, for Jason Hammel and Jeff Samardzija.

In 2016 the Cubs traded him, Gleyber Torres and Adam Warren to the Yankees for Aroldis Chapman.

Billy’s a former top 100 MLB prospect, Baseball Prospectus had him #81 before the 2015 season and 74 before 2016. But he had a down year in 2016, hitting .246/.342/.338 in 123 games in Double A in the Cubs system.

2017 went better, hitting .277/.338/.483 in 124 games split between AA and AAA in the Yankees’ system, but once you fall off those top 100 prospects lists, it is tough to get back on.

He started the 2018 season on the Yankee’s roster, and played in their 2nd and 3rd games of the season and then went on the DL with a shoulder strain and never made it back to the Yankees.

After the trade to the Jays, and a less than excellent 20 games in Buffalo, he was called up to Toronto on August 18th. For the Jays, he played 36 games, and hit .252/.320/.470. He looked pretty good in left…

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