With seven players from last season's College World Series team now playing pro ball, University of Louisville head coach Dan McDonnell will need to rely on the development of a few of the team's newcomers to fill the voids left by those that have moved on to the professional ranks.
Freshman Brendan McKay is one of the members of the nationally-ranked recruiting class that will have an opportunity to make an impact in 2015. McKay, who turned down an opportunity to become a professional directly out of high school, is a record-setting left-handed pitcher that is proving to be equally as gifted at the plate.
The 6-foot-1, 220-pound product of Beaver Falls (Penn.) Blackhawk High School grabbed national headlines when he compiled a stretch of 72.1 scoreless innings that spanned two seasons and equaled the second-longest streak in U.S. high school baseball history.
McKay, who also collected scholarship offers a host of schools including fellow ACC programs Pittsburgh, Virginia, Virginia Tech and Wake Forest, became a two-way prospect for McDonnell and his staff. As a senior, McKay hit over .400 at the plate while playing first base when not pitching.
"I would love to do that," he told Cardinal Authority about the chance to be a two-way player at U of L. "It helps me focus and stay in the game and I feel like I can contribute to the team, as well."
He made great strides in accomplishing that during following his first fall ball as a Cardinal. In 12 games, McKay hit .448 with four doubles, eight RBI and 11 walks in 41 plate appearances.
Check out the video below as Cardinal Authority goes 1-on-1 with Brendan McKay.