Outfielder Billy McKinney has one of the best looking swings in the 2013 MLB Draft, especially for a high school player. McKinney's bat has helped him rise up draft boards this spring, although concerns about his other tools will hold some teams back.
The outfielder has a disciplined approach at the plate for his age, and possess excellent hand-eye coordination. McKinney is expected to fill in his frame, which should help him add some power. The rest of McKinney's tools are considered below-average, but he helps play them up with constant effort.
McKinney is committed to Texas Christian University, which traditionally does a good job of holding on to many of their top prospects. Despite his commitment, most expect the outfielder to sign if selected in the first round.
|Pos||High School / College||Consensus Rank|
|OF||Plano West HS, TX||Mid/Late 1st round (Rangers)|
|B/T||Birthdate (age)||Height / Weight|
|L/L||8/23/1994 (18)||6'1" / 195|
What they're saying
- Jonathan Mayo, MLB.com
: "There are few, if any, high school bats better than McKinney's. With a balanced approach and a smooth swing from the left side, he projects to be a plus hitter with above-average power."
- Keith Law, ESPN: "He's very balanced through contact with excellent hip rotation and loft in his finish. I particularly like how quickly he can accelerate his hands from the loaded position, which is how he has success now."
- Baseball America: "The rest of McKinney's tools are fringy to average, but his arm and speed play up because he goes all-out all the time. Scouts love his makeup and are confident that he'll provide the offense required on an outfield corner."