Up next on The Baltimore Battery’s Prospect Profiles is 22-year-old outfielder, No. 13 overall prospect Ryan McKenna. McKenna was drafted in the fourth round of the 2015 MLB Draft and later signed with the Orioles out of.
McKenna made his minor league debut in 2015 with the Gulf Coast Orioles, who are a part of the Rookie Gulf Coast League. The new, young prospect only played 10 games due to an ankle injury.
McKenna started the 2016 season with the Aberdeen IronBirds. In 62 games in the New York-Penn League, McKenna finished with a .241 batting average.
2017 saw the first 100+ game season for McKenna, as he played in 126. He ended with seven home runs and 42 RBI, with a .256 average.
In the earlier part of 2018, Ryan McKenna broke out with the Frederick Keys. In 67 games with the Keys, McKenna held a whopping .377 average before being promoted to the Double-A Bowie Baysox. In 60 games with Bowie, McKenna’s offensive production leveled back out, while still showing improvement, as he’s steadily made it up the ranks.
McKenna just finished his 2019 season with the Baysox, where he helped push them into the postseason. Again in 2019, McKenna showed promise beyond a mediocre batting average.
Looking deeper, you see McKenna had a .686 OPS percentage, fueled by 26 doubles, six triples, and nine home runs this season. It just seems like every time McKenna gets on base, he gets in scoring position.
McKenna also netted 178 total bases in 135 games, including 59 walks. That’s good for 1.3 bases a game, despite a consistent 2.50 average. One down side to his offense that attributes to the lower average is his strikeouts, which he had 121 in 2019.
Beyond his bat, McKenna is a huge hopeful for Orioles fans due to his defense. The strong armed outfielder committed zero errors in 2019. In 2017, McKenna committed seven errors, which is his career high.
With heavy outfield competition within the Orioles organization, many fans are unsure about McKenna’s status within the organization. Being only 22 years old, McKenna has plenty of time to develop his bat over time to match his defense. There are a lot of moving parts in the outfield through out the minors and the major league club, and within the next couple of years, we will see Ryan Mckenna in black and orange.
McKenna will most likely start the 2020 season again in Bowie, but look for him to continue to improve and be promoted to Norfolk by year’s end.
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