20-Year-Old Pitcher – Cleveland Indians
2018 Fantasy Baseball Outlook
On paper, McKenzie looks like a future frontline starter. His 186 strikeouts ranked second in the minors behind Alec Hansen, who is three years older than McKenzie and did a lot of his stat padding at...
McKenzie went 12-6 with a 3.46 ERA, 1.05 WHIP and 186 strikeouts over 25 starts (143 innings) during his first season at High-A Lynchburg.
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Cleveland Indians Roster
MajorsAllen, Cody (P)
AABieber, Shane (P)
A+Civale, Aaron (P)
AAiken, Brady (P)
RookieBenson, Will (OF)
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RotoWire's Preseason Outlooks
It is hard to watch McKenzie pitch or look at his production relative to age and level and not get a little hyperbolic when projecting what he will be in five or six years. He pitches with a grace and precision that is uncommon for young pitchers with his long levers and high-end stuff. The fastball is more of a low-90s mph offering presently, but his 6-foot-5, 165-pound frame screams projection, and most evaluators anticipate a velocity jump as he matures. As with most 19-year-old hurlers, his changeup is still a work in progress, but his curveball is already a weapon, and both pitches have the potential to be plus offerings in time. Perhaps even more impressive than his arsenal is how well he harnesses it, surrendering just 62 hits and 25 walks through 95.1 innings of professional ball. He could spend most of his age-19 season pitching at High-A Lynchburg, and with another big year he will be poised to enter 2018 as one of the top five pitching prospects in the game.