Pitcher? Hitter? Both? MLB draft marked by 2-way players

Pitcher? Hitter? Both? MLB draft marked by 2-way players

Before 2015, the University of Louisville had never produced a first-round Major League Baseball draft pick.

The man behind the only flawless game in OSU history, a 103 pitch effort against Washington State during his freshman campaign, has been selected by the Tampa Bay Rays in the competitive balance portion of the 1st round of the MLB Draft. The junior from Darllington, Pennsylvania, was named the John Olerud Award victor earlier in the day, marking the third straight season he won the award given annually to the top two-way player in college baseball.

The Baseball America national Player of the Year reportedly had the option of being the No. 1, but wasn’t a big fan of what the Minnesota Twins were selling.

“McKay’s smooth left-handed swing and mature all-fields approach helped him lead the US college national team in hitting (.326) and on-base percentage (.434) last summer”. At the plate, McKay is batting.343 with 17 home runs and 56 runs batted in. On the mound he posted a 10-3 record, 2.34 ERA, 140 strikeouts, and just 33 walks in 104 innings.

McKay watched the draft from Louisville, where his team is preparing for the College World Series. The junior has 213 career hits, 131 RBIs and 27 home runs with a.328 average.