Welcome to the big leagues, Brendan McKay.
The former John Olerud Award and Golden Spikes Award winner from Louisville will make his MLB debut on Saturday at 4:10pm with the Tampa Bay Rays, starting at pitcher against the Texas Rangers (per report from the Tampa Bay Times). Check your local listings for TV availability.
The two-way player was showing great promise with triple-A Durham, holding a 3-0 record as a pitcher with a 4.3-1 strikeout to walk ratio. McKay also had a . Are76 WHIP in triple-A, and is the #2 prospect in the Rays organization behind shortstop Wander Franco. Additionally, McKay played in double-A Montgomery, where he was also 3-0 with a 1.30 ERA and threw 62 strikeouts to just nine walks in 41.2 innings.
The plan for McKay’s career remains for him to be a two way player as both a pitcher and hitter. After some brief slumps at the plate in the minors, McKay raised his batting average to .265 and hitting four home runs in 15 games with triple-A Durham.