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William Landis McKinney (born August 23, 1994) is an American professional baseball outfielder for the Toronto Blue Jays of Major League Baseball (MLB). McKinney was a first-round draft pick (24th overall) of the Oakland Athletics in 2013. He was traded to the Chicago Cubs in 2014, and the New York Yankees in 2016. He made his MLB debut with the Yankees in 2018, and was traded to the Blue Jays during the season.

Billy McKinney
Toronto Blue Jays – No. 28
Outfielder
Born: (1994-08-23) August 23, 1994 (age 25)
Dallas, Texas
Bats: Left Throws: Left
MLB debut
March 30, 2018, for the New York Yankees
Career statistics
(through 2019 season)
Batting average.227
Home runs18
Runs batted in41
Teams

CareerEdit

McKinney attended Plano West Senior High School in Plano, Texas. He led the school's baseball team to the state's Class 5A semifinals.[1] He committed to play college baseball at Texas Christian University.[2]

Oakland AthleticsEdit

The Oakland Athletics selected McKinney in the first round, with the 24th overall selection, of the 2013 Major League Baseball draft.[3] He signed with the Athletics, receiving a $1.8 million signing bonus.[4]

McKinney began the 2014 season with the Stockton Ports of the Class A-Advanced California League. He batted .241 for the Ports.[5]

Chicago CubsEdit

On July 4, 2014, the Athletics traded McKinney to the Chicago Cubs with Addison Russell and Dan Straily, in exchange for Jeff Samardzija and Jason Hammel.[6] He was assigned to the Daytona Cubs of the Class A-Advanced Florida State League.[5] He batted .301 in 51 games for Daytona.[7]

McKinney began the 2015 season with the Myrtle Beach Pelicans of the Class A-Advanced Carolina League.[8] After he batted .340 in 29 games,[9] the Cubs promoted him to the Tennessee Smokies of the Double-A Southern League in May.[10] He suffered a hairline fracture in his right knee in August, ending his season.[11] McKinney returned to Tennessee in 2016.[12]

New York YankeesEdit

On July 25, 2016, the Cubs traded McKinney, Adam Warren, Gleyber Torres, and Rashad Crawford to the New York Yankees for Aroldis Chapman,[13] and McKinney joined the Trenton Thunder of the Double-A Eastern League. McKinney ended the 2016 season with a .246 batting average, four home runs, and 44 RBIs.[14] McKinney began the 2017 season with Trenton, and was promoted to the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders of the Triple-A International League in late June.[15] He finished the 2017 season with a combined .277 batting average with 16 home runs and 64 RBIs between both clubs.[16] The Yankees added him to their 40-man roster after the season.[17]

The Yankees optioned McKinney to the RailRiders at the end of spring training in 2018. An injury to Aaron Hicks led the Yankees to promote McKinney to the major leagues on March 30.[18] He made his major league debut that day,[19] and recorded his first hit in his first at bat. The next day, McKinney sprained the AC joint in his left shoulder, and went on the disabled list.[20] On May 25, McKinney was activated from the disabled list and optioned to the minors.[21]

Toronto Blue JaysEdit

On July 26, 2018, the Yankees traded McKinney and Brandon Drury to the Toronto Blue Jays for J. A. Happ. The Blue Jays assigned McKinney to the Buffalo Bisons of the International League and promoted him to the major leagues August 17.[22] On August 21, McKinney hit his first major league home run off Baltimore Orioles pitcher Ryan Meisinger.[23] McKinney appeared in 36 games for the Blue Jays in 2018, hitting .252 with 6 home runs and 13 RBIs.[24]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Master Tesfatsion (June 3, 2013). "The Rangers are considering drafting Plano West outfielder Billy McKinney". Mlb.mlb.com. Archived from the original on December 14, 2013. Retrieved August 23, 2013.
  2. ^ https://www.perfectgame.org/Players/Playerprofile.aspx?ID=286324
  3. ^ David Just (June 6, 2013). "Plano West's Billy McKinney taken 24th overall by Oakland Athletics in 2013 MLB First-Year Player Draft". Dallas News. Archived from the original on December 14, 2013. Retrieved August 23, 2013.
  4. ^ Jane Lee (May 24, 2013). "First-round Draft pick Billy McKinney leads 26 Oakland Athletics signings". MLB.com. Archived from the original on December 14, 2013. Retrieved August 23, 2013.
  5. ^ a b Sam Dykstra (July 13, 2014). "McKinney hits first homer as D-Cub". MiLB.com. Archived from the original on October 15, 2014. Retrieved September 6, 2014.
  6. ^ Jesse Rogers (July 5, 2014). "Cubs trade Jeff Samardzija to A's". ESPN. Archived from the original on October 16, 2014. Retrieved September 6, 2014.
  7. ^ Chicago Tribune (October 13, 2014). "Billy McKinney's lefty bat fits Cubs' mission". chicagotribune.com. Retrieved August 19, 2015.
  8. ^ "No. 8 Chicago Cubs prospect Billy McKinney's focus is on helping Myrtle Beach Pelicans win". MiLB.com. Retrieved August 19, 2015.
  9. ^ Greene, Adam (May 28, 2015). "Smokies: Billy McKinney's skill, not age, stands out". Knoxville News Sentinel. Retrieved August 19, 2015.
  10. ^ "Chicago Cubs' No. 8 prospect Billy McKinney doubles twice in Double-A debut for Tennessee Smokies - MiLB.com News - The Official Site of Minor League Baseball". MiLB.com. Retrieved August 19, 2015.
  11. ^ "Billy McKinney will miss remainder of season". Chicago Cubs. Retrieved August 19, 2015.
  12. ^ "Smokies' McKinney, Happ pour it on in rout". MiLB.com. Retrieved March 31, 2018.
  13. ^ Gonzales, Mark (July 25, 2016). "Cubs land marquee closer Aroldis Chapman from Yankees". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved July 25, 2016.
  14. ^ "Billy McKinney Stats, Highlights, Bio - MiLB.com Stats - The Official Site of Minor League Baseball". MiLB.com.
  15. ^ "Billy McKinney named I.L. Batter of the Week". Web.yesnetwork.com. Retrieved March 31, 2018.
  16. ^ "Billy McKinney Stats, Highlights, Bio - MiLB.com Stats - The Official Site of Minor League Baseball". Retrieved October 31, 2017.
  17. ^ King, George A. (November 20, 2017). "Yankees scramble to keep top-rated farm system together | New York Post". Nypost.com. Retrieved March 31, 2018.
  18. ^ Caldera, Pete (March 30, 2018). "Yankees place Aaron Hicks on DL, Aaron Judge could see time in center field". Retrieved March 30, 2018.
  19. ^ "How Yankees messed with Billy McKinney before giving him the best news". NJ.com. Retrieved March 31, 2018.
  20. ^ "Billy McKinney out 'at least a few weeks' with shoulder injury". ESPN. Retrieved April 1, 2018.
  21. ^ "Tommy Kahnle, Greg Bird returning to New York Yankees from DL".
  22. ^ "Blue Jays' Billy McKinney: Called up from Buffalo". CBS Sports. Retrieved August 17, 2018.
  23. ^ Thosar, Deesha (July 26, 2018). "Yankees add Happ in deal with Blue Jays". MLB.com. Retrieved July 26, 2018.
  24. ^ "Exit Interviews: Blue Jays position players assess their own seasons". October 1, 2018. Retrieved October 1, 2018.

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