Perseverance Pays Off With Batting Title
Perseverance Pays Off
Hard-Work Leads To Batting Titles
For the season he totaled 190 hits, 23 home runs with 85 RBIs and 97 runs scored. At the award ceremony McKinley told reporters the key to his hitting success this season. “I stayed focused and tried to get a hit in every at-bat.”
McKinley’s average is the highest season total in MLB Pro history. Prior to 2019, McKinley’s season high was .299 in 2017. The former 17th round pick out of Georgia Tech has grown into the league’s premier offensive catcher.
The American League season came to a close with Steve Winter on top with a league-leading .325 batting average.
The 27-year-old Tampa Bay right fielder swung the bat well the entire season. He concluded the year with 184 hits, 37 doubles, 3 triples and 15 home runs with 98 runs scored and 67 RBIs.
Winter was the sixth overall pick of the 2013 draft by the Chicago Cubs. Tampa Bay acquired Winter in a 2018 trade. Winter entered the 2019 season coming off of a 2018 in which he hit .254 with an on-base percentage of .344. Winter’s dramatic improvement has been one of the many reasons why Tampa Bay will be playing in the playoffs in 2019.