Pennsylvania Baseball POY: Brendan McKay

Pennsylvania Baseball POY: Brendan McKay

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Pennsylvania Baseball POY: Brendan McKay

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THE WINNER: Brendan McKay

THE BASICS

School: Blackhawk (Beaver Falls, Pa.)
Grade: Junior
Position: LHP/OF/1B
Height: 6-foot-2
Weight: 210 pounds

Athletic achievement: He posted a 7-0 record, a 0.09 ERA, 103 strikeouts and just seven walks in 54 innings, leading the Cougars (11-7) Western Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic League Class AAA quarterfinals this past season. A two-time first team All-State selection, McKay also batted .537 with a pair of home runs, seven RBI and an .829 slugging percentage.

Academic excellence: McKay has maintained a 3.3 GPA.

Exemplary character: A member of his school’s prom committee and Spirit Club, he has volunteered locally as a youth sports coach and on behalf of multiple community service initiatives in association with his church youth group.

THE PRAISE

“Brendan McKay, in my professional opinion, is the most complete baseball player I have seen at the high school level,” said Scott McGee, head coach at Ambridge Area (Ambridge, Pa.). “He’s as dominant of a high school pitcher as you will find anywhere. He’s been clocked at 88 MPH and throws all of his pitches for strikes. Offensively, he’s a threat every time he steps into the box.”

THE FUTURE: McKay will be a senior next year.

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