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MIAMI — Talented former first-round pick Billy McKinney Daniel Descalso Jersey , the Toronto Blue Jays’ rookie left fielder and leadoff batter, is already playing for his fourth major-league organization even though he is only 24 years old.On Friday, when the Jays visit the Miami Marlins to start a three-game series, McKinney will carry a .351 batting average with an even more impressive OPS of 1.147. He has played just 12 games this year but already has three homers and four doubles.McKinney, who is from Texas, was drafted 24th overall straight out of high school by the Oakland A’s in 2013. In 2014, he was part of a blockbuster trade, getting sent to the Chicago Cubs along with shortstop Addison Russell and right-hander Dan Straily.Article continues below ...Ironically, Straily is the pitcher McKinney will face on Friday.In 2016, the Cubs traded for closer Aroldis Chapman, sending McKinney and three other prospects to the New York Yankees.McKinney made his major-league debut this year with the Yankees, getting a hit in his first at-bat. But he injured his left shoulder the next day, went to the disabled list and, ultimately, back to the minors.On July 26, the Yankees traded McKinney to Toronto, and the Blue Jays promoted him to the majors on Aug. 17.The reason McKinney is important is that the Jays (60-73) are going nowhere this year. They have lost four games in a row and were just swept in three by the team with the worst record in the majors, the Baltimore Orioles.Toronto has to find players who belong as part of their future, which is where McKinney comes into play.McKinney — if nothing else — was part of two trades that helped the Cubs acquire Russell and Chapman, who played large roles in Chicago ending its 108-year World Series title drought.But can McKinney be more than just a trivia question? So far, he is proving some scouting reports wrong.“Scouts who saw McKinney at (Triple-A) Scranton said he was a low-energy player who looked lost against pitchers with an even average breaking ball http://www.diamondbacksfanproshop.com/authentic-ketel-marte-jerse ,” Baseball America wrote.On Friday, McKinney will face Straily (5-6, 4.35 ERA), who is coming off a great performance in his most recent start. Straily allowed just three hits and no runs in a win over the Atlanta Braves.Straily relied mostly on his fastball, which he threw 44 times, and his slider, which he tossed 39 times.“I had zero changeup, so I had to have those two (other pitches),” Straily said. “I found out early that I didn’t have my changeup. I got three outs on my changeup but that was later in the game. Early on, it was nonexistent.”The Jays will counter with right-hander Aaron Sanchez (3-5, 4.95 ERA), a 26-year-old Californian who was drafted 34th overall by Toronto in 2010.Sanchez throws an above-average fastball at 93.7 mph, but he missed time this year with a contusion on his right index finger. In his only start since returning from the disabled list, Sanchez was not sharp, allowing six runs in four innings.Since there is no designated hitter at a National League park, it will be interesting to see what the Jays do with DH Kendrys Morales, the reigning American League Player of the Week after hitting .481 with eight homers and 13 RBIs. His streak of at least one homer a game ended at seven on Monday, still setting a franchise record.The major-league record is eight, held by Marlins manager Don Mattingly along with Ken Griffey Jr. and Dale Long.Mattingly, though, is more worried about his current team as opposed to his old hitting exploits. The Marlins (53-81) have the second-worst record in the National League and are in a similar position as the Jays David Peralta Jersey , trying to find out who is part of their future.The Marlins have actually played well in their past 10 games, going 5-5 — all against quality opponents.During that span, they took two of three from the Washington Nationals, split two games with the Yankees, split four games with the first-place Atlanta Braves and scored 13 runs but still lost two straight to the team with the best record in the majors, the Boston Red Sox. Bryce Harper put together one of the most memorable Home Run Derby performances Monday night inside his home stadium.The Washington Nationals outfielder outdueled Kyle Schwarber of the Chicago Cubs in the final round, and he finished off the competition with an exclamation point.Harper's 19th home run of the championship showdown with Schwarber clinched the victory and sent Nationals Park into its loudest cheer of the night.ESPN espnBryce Harper won the Home Run Derby in the most dramatic way possible. qpnvbcx0xeThe 25-year-old struggled at the start of his four-minute final round, but he came to life with a remarkable finish, as he hit nine home runs in 47 seconds, a performance that impressed everyone in attendance, including Yahoo's Jeff Passan:Jeff Passan JeffPassanBryce Harper just hit nine home runs in 47 seconds. My god.What made Harper's achievement even more impressive is he had to be perfect in the final minute, as the few pitches delivered by his father Ron before the streak of nine home runs weren't in the strike zone, as Ryan Fagan of Sporting News pointed out:Ryan Fagan ryanfaganHarper had 9 home runs with 1:20 left. The first five pitches out of the timeout were basically unhittable.He still got to 18 to tie Schwarber, with bonus seconds remaining.Harper's home runs didn't just clear the fences, they soared into upper decks, as he hit 10 dingers over 450 feet, which was one more than the other seven competitors combined for, per ESPN Stats and Info:ESPN Stats amp; Info ESPNStatsInfoAccording to statcast, Bryce Harper hit 10 450-foot HRs during the Derby. The rest of the field combined for 9. Kyle Schwarber had the second-most with 5. nEoLCpb2IiThe Nationals outfielder sprayed the majority of his home runs to right field, with few opposite-field shots flying over the fence, as MLB's Daren Willman displayed:Daren Willman darenwAll of Bryce Harpers homers tonight... Wow http://www.diamondbacksfanproshop.com/authentic-deven-marrero-jersey , what a great finish! Nationals mlb tWnsC7jDQlThe victory was an emotional one for Harper, who fed off the energy of the crowd that didn't sit down during his time at the plate.After the Home Run Derby concluded, Harper expressed how much his inner child came out during the competition, per Chelsea Janes of theWashington Post:Chelsea Janes chelsea_janesHarper is getting choked up a bit during his press conference. Really elaborating on what this place and the people here mean to him. Just haven鈥檛 seen this side of him in so long. 鈥淭hat鈥檚 the kid in me you guys saw tonight. I was very fortunate to share that with you tonight.鈥滺arper also made a bit of history Monday, as he became the third player to win the Home Run Derby in his home ballpark, joining Ryne Sandberg and Todd Frazier.In addition to etching his name alongside Sandberg and Frazier in the record book, Harper was a part of the most prolific Home Run Derby in history, as 221 home runs were hit, per ESPN Stats and Info:ESPN Stats amp; Info ESPNStatsInfoBryce Harper wins the 2018 Home Run Derby, hitting 19 in the final round.Harper is the 3rd player to win the Derby at his home ballpark, joining Todd Frazier (2015-Reds) amp;amp; Ryne Sandberg (1990-Cubs).The 221 HR tonight set a Derby record, passing the 203 at Petco Park in 2016. p1xRiS3H6IHarper is one of two Washington players with the opportunity to shine in his home stadium, as Max Scherzer starts for the National League in Tuesday's All-Star Game.According to Tyler Kepner of theNew York Times,Harper and Scherzer are the first pair of teammates to win the Home Run Derby and start the All-Star Game in their home ballpark:Tyler Kepner TylerKepnerBryce Harper wins, meaning that this will be the first time ever that the host of the All-Star Game has both the HR Derby winner and a starting pitcher in the ASG. (Max Scherzer)Harper could add more fireworks to his already successful All-Star week Tuesday, as he bats sixth and starts in centerfield for the National League.If he banks off the energy inside Nationals Park once again, Harper could be in contention to win the All-Star Game Most Valuable Player award. Follow Joe on Twitter, JTansey90.

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