Rays prospect Brendan McKay flashes potential in debut

Baseball null null null Brendan McKay made his highly anticipated debut for the Rays on Saturday and announced his presence in a big way.The 23-year-old left-hander, who is listed as Tampa Bay's No. 2 prospect and No. 23 overall in according to  Pipeline, was nothing short of phenomenal on the mound. He took a perfect game into the sixth inning and retired the firs

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t 16 Rangers hitters he faced. McKay exited after allowing just one hit and one walk over six shutout innings (on 81 pitches) and earned his first career win.  Even though he was on cruise control, it shouldn't come as a surprise that McKay's outing wasn't longer. He hasn't thrown more than six innings or 85 pitches in the minor leagues this season as the Rays are being cautious with their 2017 first-round draft pick.MORE: Sign up for DAZN and watch 'ChangeUp,' a live whiparound show McKay hit 94 mph with his fastball and mixed in impressive off-speed pitches as he kept Texas' hitters off balance. Brendan McKay, 94mph Paint. 👨‍🎨🎨🖼️🖌️ pic.twitter.com/3ryjnVmvhj— Rob Friedman (@PitchingNinja) June 29, 20191⃣5⃣⬆️1⃣5⃣⬇️@RaysBaseball's Brendan McKay is absolutely dealing in his @ debut.Here's a look at the two-way phenom's first # K. pic.twitter.com/ctmCm5thZh— Pipeline (@Pipeline) June 29, 2019McKay is scheduled to start again July 5 against the Yankees, but it's not known whether he will be in the big leagues after that outing. The Rays may choose to be cautious and send him back to Triple-A. "Without getting too far in front, he's going to get a couple times through the rotation," Rays manager Kevin Cash told reporters (via ESPN.com) Friday when McKay's promotion was announced.He has made the minor leagues look easy this season, posting a 1.22 ERA and 0.80 WHIP in 66 2/3 innings over two levels. A two-way player in the mold of Shohei Ohtani, McKay hasn't had the same success hitting (.205/.313/.331 slash line in 2019), but Cash told reporters he will get some major league at-bats in the coming days.

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