One of the Yankees top prospects is getting his first taste of the big leagues.
The Yankees Public Relations Department announced that outfielder Billy McKinney has been added to the list of spring training non-roster invitees. According to Brendan Kuty of NJ Advanced Media, the 22-year-old is at George M. Steinbrenner Field and will take part in today’s first full-squad workout.
McKinney was acquired by the Bronx Bombers in the trade that sent closer Aroldis Chapman to the Chicago Cubs. The former 2013 first round pick currently ranks as the Yankees #16 best prospect, according to MLB Pipeline.
In 35 games with Double-A Trenton last season, McKinney posted a slash line of .234/.310/.375. Over his four seasons in minor league baseball, the 22-year-old has a career slash line of .277/.359/.405.
It’s very likely that McKinney needs more seasoning before he makes his way to the Bronx, but his spring training experience could prove to be very beneficial. He will have the opportunity to be around veterans like Matt Holliday and Brett Gardner, who can provide him with some baseball wisdom that could definitely help him down the road.
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