To say that Brendan McKay has had a pretty good couple of weeks is an understatement. The young pitcher/first baseman from the University of Louisville was the fourth overall pick in the first-year draft, received a record-breaking signing bonus of over $7 million, and has now appeared on his first major league baseball card. The card, #304 in the popular Topps Now series, is available online until midday Thursday.
McKay, 21, is the recipient of three John Olerud Awards for his abilities as a two-way player and has been named Player of the Year (2017) by Collegiate Baseball and Baseball America magazines.
Obviously, the future is bright for Brendan McKay and he will undoubtedly be a popular player for prospect collectors, particularly Rays fans.
Eight other cards were released today – an uncharacteristically large lot. Instead of giving a short recap as is the norm for this site, we’ll simply list today’s cards.
- 296 – George Springer (Astros) for an incredible diving catch against the Oakland Athletics.
- 297 – Adrian Beltre (Rangers) for his 450th career home run.
- 298 – Trea Turner (Nationals) for stealing four bases in one game to tie a franchise record.
- 299 – Luis Severino (Yankees) for becoming the youngest Yankee in 100 years with 12+ strike outs and 0 walks.
- 300 – Mikie Mahtook (Tigers) for catching a projected 400 foot hit off the bat of Salvador Perez.
- 301 – Jose Abreu (White Sox) for his walk-off single, marking the first win of the season when the team trailed after the 8th.
- 302 – Denard Span (Giants) ends a 14 inning marathon with a walk-off hit in San Francisco.
- 303 – Chris Herrmann (Diamondbacks) for his 10th inning walk-off hit to complete a late inning, three run, comeback.
- 304 – Brendan McKay (Rays) for signing the largest signing bonus that’s ever been signed by a signer of signing bonuses.
All the cards added today are available for 24 hours only. Use any of the Topps Now baseball links on this page to purchase. A complete checklist of Topps Now cards can be found by clicking the associated hub button at the top of this page.