2016 Chicago Cubs Top 20 Prospects



4.) Billy McKinney – Outfielder

Date of Birth: 8/23/1994
Height/Weight: 6’1″/205
Bats/Throws: Left/Left
Acquired: Trade with Oakland Athletics in 2014

McKinney was regarded as one of the best pure hitters in the 2013 draft. Since being in the Cubs’ organization, he has continued to live up to that potential. From the left side of the plate, McKinney’s swing plane is smooth through the zone with solid bat speed. He may not evolve into a perennial power hitter, but he projects to have line-to-line contact.

An outfielder with some promising power, McKinney still has room to grow. He progressed well in the A’s system, and has stayed on track with the Cubs farm system since coming over with Addison Russell in the summer of 2014. A patient hitter, McKinney does not have much of a wind up to his swing, but rather a fluid upper body stroke. He’s a very patient hitter and squares the ball nicely.
McKinney, 21, will most likely begin 2016 in AA regardless of how he plays in spring ball. He’s shown a lot of promise at the plate but his defense is still only average. He looks comfortable in the outfield but his speed will not allow him to play center field like he has done in the past few years. Instead, he should find himself at a corner outfield spot, but not in Triple-A or better until he starts getting a better read on hard liners.

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