The Oakland A's have selected outfielder/first baseman Billy McKinney out of Plano (Texas) West High School with the No. 24 pick of the 2013 MLB Amateur Draft.
McKinney is one of the better high school bats in the draft, according to MLB.com's Jonathan Mayo. He has exceptional bat speed and while he doesn't have great power yet, he has plenty of room to grow. When he does grow, coupled with his bat speed, most expect that he will develop the power to go along with the good contact bat that he already has.
The problem for McKinney is that he has below-average speed and a below-average arm so he can only play left field. However, Baseball America notes scouts love him due to his makeup and the effort he gives, adding they're confident "he'll provide the offense required on an outfield corner.
McKinney is committed to TCU, which is usually a problem for pro teams because the Horned Frogs keep most of their commits. But McKinney is considered signable and most expect that he will pass on college.