While McKay is a great player and will undoubtedly will be selected within the top 10 picks of the first round, his career portfolio falls short of the No. 1 overall pick. Instead, his legend as the best two-way player in the nation has caused his stock to rise higher than it arguably should have.
The best way to evaluate McKay in regard to the draft is to evaluate him through a single-position lens: If he were solely a left-handed pitcher at Louisville, he’d still likely be a first-rounder in this year’s draft given his impressive 8-3 record and 2.22 ERA in one of toughest conferences in the nation. But would his name be mentioned with those of Greene and Wright for the first overall selection? Not likely, as McKay’s fastball generally tops out in the low-90s and dips into the upper-to-mid-80s as his innings lengthen, making him less attractive to the Twins than the electric-armed Greene or workhorse-like Wright.
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