A year ago, Brendan McKay became the John Olerud Award’s first two-time winner. Now, he’s the award’s first three-time winner.
This is a solid appetizer for what is going to be a memorable Monday for the Cardinal pitcher/first baseman/designated hitter.
Having already set the standard as the only two-time winner of the John Olerud Two-Way Player of the Year Award in 2015 and 2016, University of Louisville junior lefthanded pitcher and first baseman Brendan McKay took it to another level Monday earning the honor for a third consecutive season as the 2017 recipient.
The Darlington, Pennsylvania native separated himself in 2017 as not only the best two-way player in the country, but as the nation's top collegiate baseball player overall having already received a pair of National Player of the Year honors from Baseball America and Collegiate Baseball newspaper. Serving as the ace in the starting pitching rotation for No. 7 Louisville, which earned its fourth College World Series berth in school history on Saturday, McKay is also the cleanup hitter for the Cardinals.
On the mound, McKay has a 10-3 record this season with a 2.34 ERA and a school record 140 strikeouts in 104.0 innings pitched, while opposing batters are hitting just .188 against him. During his three-year collegiate career, McKay has accumulated a 31-10 record with a 2.15 ERA and 385 strikeouts, the most ever for a Louisville pitcher. McKay has finished with eight or more strikeouts 28 times, including a career-best 15 against Pittsburgh on March 10.
At the plate, the lefty-swinging standout has a .343 batting average, 17 home runs, 13 doubles, 56 RBIs and a .464 on-base percentage in 60 starts as a hitter this season. On April 25, McKay made national headlines after matching a school record with four home runs in Louisville's 14-4 win at Eastern Kentucky. In 179 career starts and 186 total appearances as a hitter, McKay has a .328 career batting average with 27 home runs, 46 doubles and 131 RBIs.
Along with his national player of the year awards, McKay's 2017 honors including being named as the ACC Player of the Year while also being chosen as a finalist for the Dick Howser Trophy, a semifinalist for the Golden Spikes Award and the National Player of the Month in February by the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association.
Congrats to Brendan on his 13,000th award this spring.