#Cubs Minor League report: McKinney HR

Monday’s games

Iowa had an off day and opens a four-game series against Nashville on Tuesday.

Ryan Williams gave up one hit over six scoreless innings in Tennessee’s 6-5 win over Jackson. Billy McKinney had two hits,
including a home run and a double, and two RBI. Willson Contreras and Albert Almora each had two hits. Tommy La Stella was 0-for-4 in his 10th game with the Smokies.

Myrtle Beach had Monday off, and faces Salem on the road Tuesday.

South Bend had an off day Monday, and opens a six-game stretch on the road Tuesday at Beloit.

Adonis Paula had three hits and one RBI in Eugene’s 9-0 win over Boise. Donnie Dewees had two hits, and scored three runs. Preston Morrison picked up the win in relief, striking out four over three innings. Eloy Jimenez, who has been sidelined with a shoulder impingement, was expected to play Tuesday.

Robert Garcia had three hits, including a three-run triple, in Mesa’s 6-0 win over the Padres. Darryl Wilson and Donnie
Cimino each had two hits. Dylan Cease picked up the win in relief.


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While management and fans are waiting for the Pitching prospects to catch up with the position players, has anyone noticed what is still coming strong in the Organization?
I think most that follow, realize McKinney is for real and moving up steadily. If he keeps it up, the Cubs face another problem soon. Where does he play? A corner OF with Schwarber in LF and Soler improving in RF, it will be very difficult.
Schwarber can catch, but is there a better defensive Catcher on the horizon? Fans should check out the STATS of Contreras. Very strong arm behind the plate, with a very nice .419 OBP. Only 6 HR’s, but 63 RBI’s in only 101 games at AA. This tells me, he enjoys hitting with Runners in scoring position and don’t mind taking a walk.
Contreras was signed as a third baseman out of Venezuela in 2009 and did not start Catching until 2012 and is still only 23 y/o. Recently Montero had a rehab assignment at AA and came back with high praise for Contreras.
This fan is really high on the two prospects above and hope they both keep that slow climb up the chain.

Contreras is exciting but pull the reigns back a little because this is the first time he has produced like this. I am all for him and what he can do but he still needs to produce at AAA. I hope he does because Schwarber/Contreras combo would be a sweet deal for the cubs.
I have always been high on McKinney. Sometimes more so than Russell when they were in the minors. In my opinion I think you could see McKinney taking over LF in 2017. He would get a good amount of starts but obviously Schwarber would be in LF when not catching or DH’ing. McKinney would be perfect if he could play CF but the defense wasn’t there.

petrey, a little help please. On the baseball reference site I see McKinney’s current fielding percentage is .985, that’s not bad and his RF/G is 1.85. I am not very familiar with his fielding skills never seeing him play (by your comment, you have seen him play?) but I have seen some videos of his play in RF, he looks pretty good. Is the RF/G the number that would keep him from a shot at CF? I would think a RF/G for a good center fielder should be closer to 3.0 if not higher? I was hoping he could challenge for the CF spot by 2017. Not gonna happen with his 1.85 RF/G…is it? I too am high on the kid and hope he makes a statement for playing time with the Cubs by 2017. Time for the NL to adopt the DH???? Now that the Cubs have some stud bats??? The “inventory” in the Cubs system is plentiful and bodes well for future playoff runs should trade chips be needed to land a player or two at the trade deadline.

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