Highly-touted Tampa Bay Rays prospect Brendan McKay — a two-way player who alternately pitches, plays first base, and is a designated hitter for the Bowling Green Hot Rods — had an impressive three-game series vs. the Burlington Bees at Community Field from Friday to Sunday.
He was BG’s starting pitcher on Friday and was unhittable in his 4.2 innings of work. He struck out nine and walked one. He threw 56 of his 85 pitches for strikes. Hot Rods pitchers kept the no-hitter going until the 9th inning. As a pitcher this season, McKay is 1-0 with a 1.45 ERA, 33 strikeouts and two walks in 18.2 innings/five starts.
McKay followed up his Friday performance by driving in five runs on Saturday. Serving as BG’s designated hitter, he went 2-for-5 with a two-run homer, a walk, and two runs scored.
Bees pitchers took less chances with McKay on Sunday, walking him in three of his four plate appearances. He played first base that game.
At the plate this season, McKay is batting .273 with one homer, two doubles, 15 runs batted in, 11 runs scored, 23 walks and 12 strikeouts in 18 games.
The Hot Rods swept the series.