Full name is William Landis McKinney... Graduated from Plano West Senior H.S. (Tex.), where he batted .372 (32-for-86) with 27 R, 9 doubles, 2 triples, 4 HR and 17 RBI as a senior... Committed to TCU prior to signing with the Athletics.
Combined with Double-A Trenton and Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre to hit .277 (122-for-441) with 66R, 29 doubles, 7 triples, 16HR, 64RBI and 39BB in 124 games…tied for fourth among Yankees farmhands in home runs... Began the season with Trenton, batting .250 (58-for-232) with 34R, 16 doubles, 6HR and 29RBI in 69 games…was named Eastern League "Batter of the Week" for the period from 6/12-18... Was promoted to Scranton/WB on 7/1 and batted .306 (64-for-209) with 32R, 13 doubles, 10HR and 35RBI in 55 games, spending the remainder of the season with the RailRiders…was named International League "Batter of the Week" from 7/24-30... Following the season, was named an MiLB.com Organization All-Star... Played for Scottsdale in the Arizona Fall League, batting .279 (19-for-68) with 8R, 5 doubles, 1 triple, 1HR, 20RBI and 11BB in 19 games…was named to the AFL's 2017 Top Prospects Team... Was added to the Yankees' 40-man roster on 11/20/17.
Combined with Double-A Tennessee and Double-A Trenton to hit .246 (105-for-426) with 52R, 19 doubles, 4 triples, 4HR and 44RBI in 123 games…spent the majority of the season with Double-A Tennessee, batting .252 (75-for-298) with 37R, 12 doubles, 3 triples, 1HR and 31RBI in 88 games…was acquired by the Yankees from the Cubs on 7/25…appeared in 35 games for Trenton and hit .234 (30-for-128) with 15R, 7 doubles, 1 triple, 3HR and 13RBI in 35 games…appeared in seven postseason games for Trenton, batting .435 (10-for-23) with 4R, 4 doubles, 1 triple, 1HR, 5RBI and 3BB…
Combined with Single-A Myrtle Beach and Double-A Tennessee to hit .300/.371/.454 (113-for-377) with 48R, 31 doubles, 3 triples, 7HR and 64RBI in 106 games…ranked fourth among all Cubs minor leaguers in batting average... Began the season with Myrtle Beach and hit .340 (35-for-103) with 19R, 5 doubles, 2 triples, 4HR, 25RBI and 17BB in 29 games…was named the Carolina League "Player of the Week" for 5/4-10... Earned a promotion to Tennessee on 5/13 and hit .285 (78-for-274) with 29R, 26 doubles, 1 triple, 3HR and 39RBI in 77 games... Following the season, was tabbed an Organization All-Star by MiLB.com and as the No. 7 prospect in the Cubs' organization by Baseball America.
Split the season with Single-A Stockton and Single-A Daytona, batting .264 (123-for-466) with 72R, 24 doubles, 6 triples, 11HR, 69RBI and 61BB in 126 games…played in 71G in CF, 36G in RF and 1G in LF... Started the season with Stockton, hitting .241 (70-for-290) with 42R, 12 doubles, 2 triples, 10HR, 33RBI and 36BB in 75 games... Was traded from the Athletics to the Cubs with INF Addison Russell, RHP Dan Straily and a player to be named later or cash considerations in exchange for RHP Jason Hammel and RHP Jeﬀ Samardzija on 7/5... Appeared in 51 games for Daytona and batted .301 (53-for-176) with 30R, 12 doubles, 4 triples, 1HR, 36RBI and 25BB…reached base safely via H/BB/HP in 46-of-51 games…hit .375 (21-for-56) vs. lefties with Daytona... Following the season, was named an Organization All-Star by MiLB.com and as the No. 6 prospect in the Cubs' organization by Baseball America.
Made his professional debut with the AZL Athletics and short-season Single-A Vermont, combining to bat .326 (70-for-215) with 36R, 9 doubles, 3 triples, 3HR, 26RBI, 20BB and 8SB in 55 games…hit .387 (24-for-62) oﬀ LHP... Began the season with the AZL A's and hit .320 (58-for-181) with 31R, 7 doubles, 2 triples, 2HR, 20RBI, 17BB and 7SB in 46 games…tied for third in the Arizona League in hits and ranked eighth in batting average... Was promoted to Vermont on 8/28, batting .353/.405/.559 (12-for-34) with 5R, 2 doubles, 1 triple, 1HR, 6RBI and 3BB in nine games... Following the season, was tabbed by Baseball America as Oakland's No. 2 prospect.