McKenzie (back) was added to the Indians' 40-man roster Wednesday.
McKenzie missed the entire 2019 season with a back injury, so he is a very risky commodity right now in dynasty leagues. That said, he was considered one of the Indians' top prospects a year ago, so it's not surprising they protected him from the Rule 5 draft. He should spend most, if not all of 2020 in the upper levels of the minors.
McKenzie (back) remains on the 7-day injured list at Double-A Akron, and his status for the rest of the season is uncertain.
When McKenzie injured his back in spring training, the hope was that he would only be shut down for six weeks or so. More than four months later, there is little to suggest McKenzie is getting close to game action. As of June 21, McKenzie was still in Arizona rehabbing his back strain, per Mandy Bell of MLB.com. McKenzie missed a large chunk of last season with a forearm issue, and his prospect stock has taken a considerable hit as a result of the injuries over the past two years.
McKenzie will be shut down for six weeks with an upper back strain, Paul Hoynes of The Cleveland Plain Dealer reports.
McKenzie will miss the start of the minor-league season for the second straight year. In 2018, he didn't debut until June 7 due to forearm tightness. After his six-week shutdown, he'll still need a few more weeks to build his arm back up, so he's likely looking at a return to game action in mid-May at the earliest.
The Indians announced Saturday that McKenzie has been shut down from throwing due to an upper-back strain.
It's unclear how McKenzie suffered the injury, but he'll nonetheless step away from throwing at minor-league camp. The 21-year-old -- one of the Indians' top prospects -- should be considered out indefinitely until the organization is able to offer an official recovery timetable.
McKenzie will not pitch in the minor-league playoffs due to general fatigue, Jordan Bastian of MLB.com reports.
The Indians understandably don't want to push one of their top prospects, so McKenzie will be unavailable to pitch in the postseason for Double-A Akron after compiling a shiny 2.68 ERA, 1.00 WHIP and 87:28 K:BB across 16 starts (90.2 innings) for the RubberDucks during the regular season. He'll now turn his focus to the offseason. After impressing with Double-A, the 21-year-old McKenzie will have a chance to reach the majors in 2019 if he pitches well in his first taste of Triple-A.
McKenzie tossed six shutout innings and struck out four Tuesday in Double-A Akron's 3-0 win over Altoona. He gave up one hit and one walk in the 91-pitch outing.
Ke'Bryan Hayes' leadoff triple in the seventh inning ended McKenzie's no-hit bid, with the righty retiring the next batter before calling it a night. After turning in the best of his six starts this season, McKenzie now carries a 3.34 ERA and 0.93 WHIP while holding opposing hitters to a .195 average. It's been an impressive first tour of the Eastern League for the 20-year-old, whose start to the season was delayed by a forearm injury suffered in spring training.
McKenzie (forearm) was activated from the disabled list prior to his scheduled start for Double-A Akron on Thursday.
McKenzie has been sidelined for the entirety of the 2018 season up to this point but he will make his debut at the Double-A level against New Hampshire after a phenomenal season with High-A Lynchburg last year. Look for the club to monitor his pitch count in the coming weeks as the 20-year-old gets his first taste of action in the second-highest rung of the minor-league ladder.
McKenzie (forearm) will be activated from the 7-day disabled list and make his first start for Double-A Akron on Thursday.
Expect the Indians to monitor McKenzie's pitch count carefully as he makes his Eastern League debut following a two-plus-month recovery from forearm soreness. The hard-throwing 21-year-old racked up 186 strikeouts at High-A Lynchburg in 2017 to rank second in all of the minors and should continue to pile up the whiffs at Double-A if he has truly made a full recovery from the forearm injury and shows no notable decline in his velocity.
McKenzie (forearm) continues to progress and is nearing activation from the 7-day disabled list.
McKenzie has been on the shelf since late March due to forearm soreness. In recent weeks, the right-hander has been able to begin building his arm back up and appears to be on the verge of returning to the minors in the coming weeks.
McKenzie was placed on the minor-league disabled list with a forearm injury.
The Indians stated that McKenzie's placement on the shelf was a precautionary move but failed to describe the severity or timetable for his injury. Expect an update on the top prospect's status prior to the start of the minor-league season.
McKenzie went 12-6 with a 3.46 ERA, 1.05 WHIP and 186 strikeouts over 25 starts (143 innings) during his first season at High-A Lynchburg.
The Tribe's top pitching prospect delivered on the hype, leading the Carolina League in wins and strikeouts. McKenzie notched at least eight punch outs in more than half of his starts, amassing a ridiculous 11.5 K/9. He'll almost certainly begin 2018 at Double-A Akron, with a strong possibility of making his MLB debut at some point next season.
McKenzie covered six innings and struck out 11 batters Tuesday for High-A Lynchburg. He gave up a run on one hit and a walk.
McKenzie rebounded from a rough outing his last time out Aug. 19 to continue his dominance of the Carolina League, lowering his ERA to 3.57 over 136 innings with Lynchburg. The 20-year-old ranks second in all of the minors with 176 strikeouts, cementing his status as the Indians' top pitching prospect. McKenzie's accomplishments are all the more impressive when considering that he has yet to throw more than 100 pitches in any start this season. At 6-foot-5 and a rail-thin 165 pounds, McKenzie has plenty time to add strength and develop into a workhorse as he matures.
McKenzie, 20, has allowed 13 earned runs over his past two outings for High-A Lynchburg.
This is really the first bad stretch of the entire season for McKenzie, whose ERA still sits at a respectable 3.64. He has a 142:41 K:BB in 113.2 innings, and opposing batters are hitting a putrid .196 against him. Despite back-to-back poor outings, McKenzie's prospect star still burns brightly.
McKenzie was named to Team USA for Sunday's All-Star Futures Game in Miami, Jordan Bastian of MLB.com reports.
The Tribe's first-round selection in 2015 has coasted up the organization's ladder since being drafted out of high school. The 19-year-old owns a 2.91 ERA with 115 strikeouts in 89.2 innings over 16 starts this season for High-A Lynchburg. At this rate, McKenzie could earn a ticket to Double-A Akron before the end of 2017, but first he'll enjoy a weekend under the spotlight in south Florida.
McKenzie struck out 11 and walked none while allowing an unearned run on three hits Tuesday for High-A Lynchburg.
McKenzie's 115 strikeouts on the season ranks second in all of MiLB. The 19-year-old has dominated in his first full season, going 7-4 with a 2.91 ERA and .187 BAA over 89.2 innings (16 starts). Although the Tribe wants to take it slow with the right-hander, the club will be hard-pressed to keep McKenzie from dabbling in Double-A this year.
McKenzie notched 13 strikeouts Thursday for High-A Lynchburg. The lanky righty allowed just one earned run on two hits while issuing just one free pass.
It was the second time this season McKenzie fanned at least 13 batters in a game, and he is quickly becoming one of the top pitching prospects in baseball. Overall, the 19-year-old has a 2.51 ERA and 84:24 K;BB in 64.2 innings.
McKenzie fanned a career-high 14 over six shutout innings against High-A Carolina on Tuesday. He allowed just one hit and one walk.
He was getting strikeouts primarily on his fastball and curveball, but also worked in his changeup throughout the night. It's worth noting that the Carolina lineup he dominated featured Corey Ray, Lucas Erceg, Isan Diaz, Jake Gatewood and Trent Clark in the top five spots -- hitting prospects with impressive combinations of pedigree and offensive chops, so this was quite a special night for the Indians' top pitching prospect. His stock continues to climb this season, as he now boasts a 1.95 ERA, 0.99 WHIP and 44:12 K:BB in 32.1 innings for High-A Lynchburg. It might not be long before he earns a promotion to Double-A, which would be quite a feat for a pitcher who does not turn 20 until Aug. 2.
McKenzie gave up one run on three hits and two walks while striking out five over 5.2 innings in his debut start for High-A Lynchburg.
McKenzie is an extreme case of a projectable teenage hurler, as he is 6-foot-5, 165 pounds, and already boasts an impressive repertoire with excellent command. If he can pack on some muscle and bump his fastball from the low-90s to the mid-90s, McKenzie would profile nicely atop a rotation. He won't turn 20 until Aug. 2, and will look to break the 100-inning threshold for the first time as a professional this season.
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