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First Pitch: How Long Until McKenry is For Real?

First Pitch: How Long Until McKenry is For Real?

The Pittsburgh Pirates have an interesting situation behind the plate. Michael McKenry has had a surprise season this year, hitting for a .273/.344/.568 line in 132 at-bats, along with ten homers. It's a small sample size, but those numbers put McKenry in great company. Out of the 40 catchers with 140+ plate appearances this year, McKenry ranks third in OPS (behind Carlos Ruiz and Jonathan Lucroy), second in slugging (behind Lucroy), and his 13.2 AB/HR ratio this year ranks first, one spot ahead of Jarrod Saltalamacchia, who has 20 homers in 271 at-bats.

So at what point do the Pirates start to take notice of their 27-year-old catcher? Last year he hit for a .222/.276/.322 line with two homers in 180 at-bats. In the minors he was hitting for a .274/.369/.421 line with three homers in 95 at-bats. Those numbers are nowhere near his numbers now. However, he did put up good power numbers in the lower levels, with 22 homers in 408 at-bats in low-A, and 18 in 400 at-bats in high-A.

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