Chiefs Chatter #9 – Meet LHP Ian McKinney

As Spring Training approaches we are going to use this blog space to introduce you to potential 2014 Peoria Chiefs players. We do not have any inside information on our roster and nothing will be official until the end of March. But with spring training on the way it is time to get familiar with some faces and names that we could see on the diamond in Peoria this summer. Over the next few weeks we’ll take a look at 2012 and 2013 draftees plus foreign born players who excelled in State College, Johnson City and GCL Cardinals in 2013 plus some possible players returning to Peoria. If you missed any of our previous installments, catch up with: Alex ReyesCarson KellyRob KaminskyOscar MercadoSteven RamosMike MayersKenneth Peoples-Walls and Mason Katz.

Today we introduce you to the Cardinals 5th round pick in 2013 – LHP Ian McKinney. 

Ian McKinney, LHP, Ht: 5’11 Wt: 185
DOB 11/18/94 Resides: Orlando, FL
Twitter: @Ianmckinney24
Acquired: Drafted in the 5th round (155th pick) in the 2013 draft out of Boone High School
Throws: Fastball, Changeup, Curveball


  • Ranked by Baseball America as the 6th best Minor League Left-Handed starting pitcher in the Cardinals organization
  • Named The Cardinal Nation GCL Starting Pitcher of the Year for 2013
  • Ranked by The Cardinal Nation as the organizations #25 prospect


  • Made 10 appearances and five starts for the GCL Cardinals Rookie ball team going 1-0 with a 0.89 ERA
  • Struck out 24 and walked 12 in 30 1/3 innings while holding opponents to a .217 average
  • Made his pro debut on July 6 against the Marlins with one run allowed on two hits over two innings
  • Did not allow another earned run until his final outing on August 24, a span of 26 innings
  • Made his first pro start on July 31 at Nationals with three shutout innings and two strikeouts
  • Threw four shutout innings with just one hit allowed on August 6
  • Made his third straight start against the Nationals on August 13 with one unearned run allowed on two hits
  • Established career highs on August 13 in innings (5) and strikeouts (8)
  • Struck out five over five shutout innings with just two hits allowed on August 19 in his first career win against the Mets
  • Allowed two runs on a career-high six hits over four innings in his final start of the season on August 24
  • Held lefties to a .043 batting average (1-for-24) with seven strikeouts and one walk
  • Opponents were 0-for-5 with the bases loaded and hit just .067 (1-for-15) with runners in scoring position and two outs.

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  • Pitched at Boone High School in Florida
  • Went 7-1 with a 1.08 ERA as a senior in 2013
  • Struck out 75 batters in 64 1/3 innings
  • Hit over .300 with two home runs and 20 RBI
  • Helped Boone to the Class 8A, District 4 Championship
  • Finished his HS career with 21 wins, the most by a lefty in school history
  • Third overall on school’s all-time wins list
  • Signed to pitch at the University of Central Florida before signing with the Cardinals
  • Named to the Orlando Sentinel 2013 All-Central Florida Baseball Team and All-Metro
  • Named a 2013 Rawlings 2nd Team All-American and Florida All-Region 1st Team
  • Played in the World Bat Championships and Perfect Game USA Showcases
  • Played in the Area Code Games
  • In 2012 named to the Perfect Game Underclass 1st Team
  • Indians pitcher Cody Allen played at Boone as did former Major Leaguers Ron Karkovice, Paul Wilson, Mike Maroth and Joe Oliver
  • Boxer Antonio Tarver is a Boone alum

Career Highs
Innings Pitched: 5.0, last, August 19 at Mets
Strikeouts: 8, August 13 vs. Nationals
Low-Hit Game (Min 5ip): 2, August 13 vs. Nationals
Runs Allowed: 2, last, August 24 at Mets
Earned Runs Allowed: 2, August 24 at Mets
Hits Allowed: 6, August 24 at Mets
Walks: 3, August 13 vs. Nationals
Win Streak: 1, August 19 – current
Current Streak: Won 1

Audio & Video

Brian Walton of The Cardinal Nation talked to Ian at Instructs in September.

McKinney in action:

There are also more videos on McKinney’s Perfect Game page.

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