It remains to be seen what the Twins will do June 12 with the first pick in the draft, but with a stake in the franchise’s future and millions of dollars in a signing bonus on the line, it would behoove their front office to think long and hard before handing the keys to the kingdom over to a player whose true position is still undecided.
McKay may go on to have a brilliant career in the majors. But for a team like Minnesota that’s had one winning season in the past six years, the top pick in the 2017 draft must produce a cornerstone player for their organization who management can count on for years to come.
Unfortunately, that steady presence is not found in the flexible Brendan McKay.
I loved him, first and foremost. I couldn’t believe this guy who have the pedigree he had, treated all of us, and I’m sure you’d agree, like we were on the NBA beat. He came out and it was a big job, he cared a lot. I just was so impressed. Here I am, from St. Louis, and I’m like, “Erwin Claggett is on this team. This is awesome.” That’s a big deal to me. Derek Grimm is on this team. Doug Smith, wow. And Bernie Bickerstaff, he’s been in the NBA and coached in the NBA. I’m sure you remember asking questions and him jawing back and forth a bit, he could be testy at times, but I loved it. He wanted to be there and win, and it’s why his career bounced even higher after his time with the St. Louis Swarm. I tell you, I loved all those professional leagues, I did. I did play-by-play for the River City Renegades, the indoor professional football team. I was into that. The River City Rascals, I loved going to those games. It was the perfect place for a young future broadcaster to grow up, because everywhere I looked, there was a live game for me to go broadcast. It was a blessing.