For the second straight year, the Oakland A's dipped into the high school position player ranks for their first pick in the MLB draft. After taking Addison Russell with the 11th pick last season, the Oakland A's took Billy McKinney, a high school outfielder from Plano, Texas.
McKinney was ranked as the 29th-best prospect in the draft by Scout.com's MLB Draft expert Kiley McDaniel. McKinney is a 6'1'', 195, left-handed hitter and thrower who is projected to stay in centerfield. He is committed to Texas Christian University, but he is expected to sign.
As a senior at Plano West HS, McKinney batted .372 with 36 walks and a .585 on-base percentage. He struck-out only six times.
"McKinney is more of a skills over tools guy," McDaniel said. "Not a perfect swing mechanically but has above-average bat speed. Can square-up on everything. Not a burner but I think he's fast enough to stay in centerfield. He profiles as an everyday guy."
McDaniel describes McKinney as a "heady player" and said that McKinney fits everywhere in the line-up.
"He has good gap power that projects to 10-15 homeruns," McDaniel said.
For a scouting report on McKinney, click here and scroll to number 29.