Then just 18 years of age, left-hander Ian McKinney was taken by St. Louis in the fifth round of the 2013 draft. The Orlando native was assigned to the Gulf Coast League Cardinals, where he became our GCL Cards Starting Pitcher of the Year last season.
In 2014, after working in spring training and extended spring training, McKinney was given one start with State College to open the short-season. It was a transitional move planned by the Cardinals to help cover the Spikes’ first week of play before all of the members of the 2014 draft class were ready.
After that one successful start, McKinney settled in and excelled in the Appalachian League, earning the league’s Pitcher of the Week twice. That led to a promotion to State College on July 28, this time probably for good. After soreness that is considered relatively minor, McKinney was placed on the disabled list on August 4. He has made just one start in his Spikes return to date.
In The Cardinal Nation’s monthly top prospect rankings for August (member article), McKinney moved up to 21st in the system.
The youngest member of the Cards’ New York-Penn League club discusses his career to date and what may be ahead in the following free interview.
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