Rays officially add Blackhawk’s Brendan McKay, who will debut Saturday | TribLIVE.com
MLB

Rays officially add Blackhawk’s Brendan McKay, who will debut Saturday

Associated Press
1353486_web1_gtr-mckay2-062919
AP
Brendan McKay, a two-way star at Louisville and Blackhawk, will make his MLB debut Saturday for the Tampa Bay Rays.

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — Tampa Bay Rays two-way prospect and Blackhawk graduate Brendan McKay will get two outings on a big league mound to show what he has got.

The Rays added McKay to the taxi squad in preparation for his major league debut, a start Saturday against Texas.

“Without getting too far in front, he’s going to get a couple times through the rotation,” manager Kevin Cash said before Friday night’s game against the Rangers. “He’s really progressed impressively. Very determined. He’s pretty special in the way he goes about his business.”

Around 15 family members, including his parents, will be in attendance. McKay, 23, was the Tribune-Review Player of the Year in 2014 after leading the Cougars to the WPIAL finals.

“I think it’s going to be a very exciting day for all of us to kind of see what’s he about on the biggest stage,” Rays center fielder Kevin Kiermaier said.

Still to be determined is how many at-bats McKay will get.

“I take a lot of pride in it,” McKay said of his two-way role. “I’ve done it for a lot of years. For me, I love being on the field.”

Cash said the left-hander will pitch again July 5 when Tampa Bay hosts the AL East-leading New York Yankees. Cash has not determined if McKay will start or follow an opener.

McKay, taken fourth overall in the 2017 draft, was 3-0 with a 1.08 ERA in five games with Triple-A Durham. He also was a designated hitter.

“I did explain to him that it’s not going to be the routine that he’s been on where he’s been DH-ing three or four times in a row,” Cash said. “I’d like to see him have at-bats and certainly don’t want to shut him down from hitting over the period he’s with us.”

McKay gives Tampa Bay the option of using four starting pitchers and an opener through a rotation turn.

Categories: Sports | MLB
TribLIVE commenting policy

You are solely responsible for your comments and by using TribLive.com you agree to our Terms of Service.

We moderate comments. Our goal is to provide substantive commentary for a general readership. By screening submissions, we provide a space where readers can share intelligent and informed commentary that enhances the quality of our news and information.

While most comments will be posted if they are on-topic and not abusive, moderating decisions are subjective. We will make them as carefully and consistently as we can. Because of the volume of reader comments, we cannot review individual moderation decisions with readers.

We value thoughtful comments representing a range of views that make their point quickly and politely. We make an effort to protect discussions from repeated comments either by the same reader or different readers

We follow the same standards for taste as the daily newspaper. A few things we won't tolerate: personal attacks, obscenity, vulgarity, profanity (including expletives and letters followed by dashes), commercial promotion, impersonations, incoherence, proselytizing and SHOUTING. Don't include URLs to Web sites.

We do not edit comments. They are either approved or deleted. We reserve the right to edit a comment that is quoted or excerpted in an article. In this case, we may fix spelling and punctuation.

We welcome strong opinions and criticism of our work, but we don't want comments to become bogged down with discussions of our policies and we will moderate accordingly.

We appreciate it when readers and people quoted in articles or blog posts point out errors of fact or emphasis and will investigate all assertions. But these suggestions should be sent via e-mail. To avoid distracting other readers, we won't publish comments that suggest a correction. Instead, corrections will be made in a blog post or in an article.