McKinney received an invite to spring training as a non-roster invitee on Sunday.
McKinney spent the second half of his 2016 season with Double-A Tennessee, slashing .234/.310/.375 over 143 plate appearances after being traded from the Cubs to the Yankees. Despite his spring training invite, the 22-year-old is expected to open the season in Double-A again.
McKinney, who was traded to the Cubs back in 2014, will head to New York along with Gleyber Torres, Adam Warren and one other player. The 21-year-old outfielder has spent all of 2016 with Double-A Tennessee, posting a .252/.355/.322 slash line with only one home run and 31 RBI in 88 games. McKinney will most likely head to Double-A Trenton.
McKinney went 2-for-3 with a triple and four RBI for Double-A Tennessee on Monday.
McKinney got off to a rough start this year, but he's been heating up in June, slashing .292/.393/.389 for the month. Though he's a good hitter, his lack of power or speed will limit his fantasy ceiling. He has just one home run and one stolen base in 67 games for the Smokies this year.
Billy McKinney is hitting just .200/.284/.233 in 60 at-bats for Double-A Tennessee this year.
McKinney is one of the better hitting prospects in the Chicago Cubs ' organization, and they certainly don't need him at the big league level right now, but it's still a disappointing start to the year. Not exactly a hitter known for his power, his complete lack of power (just two extra-base hits, both doubles) this year is particularly noteworthy. He still has some work to do.
Billy McKinney (knee) went 0-for-1 in his spring debut Monday.
McKinney's 2015 season ended prematurely with a hairline fracture in his knee. Though he's one of the top prospects in the organization, he was never expected to make the team out of camp. Just seeing him on the field is a positive sign.
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