Van Horn on McKinney
"Jarrod is an outstanding athlete. I feel that he's really turned the corner. He had a season-ending knee injury midway through the season last year and that hurt us. We feel like he's made a big jump with the bat. He's rehabbed and worked as hard as anyone to come back and have a tremendous junior year. I think Jarrod has a great opportunity to be one of our starting outfielders. He can also play some first base. Offensively, he had a tremendous fall. Hopefully he can continue that."
One of three Razorbacks to bat over .300 on the season, hitting .301 with two homers and 20 RBI in 54 games, including 50 starts ... Also stole eight bases in 10 attempts ... Had an outstanding opening weekend vs. Delaware State (2.18-2.20), going 5-for-8 at the plate with an RBI and four runs scored ... Went 3-for-6 with his first home run of the season and two RBI in series vs. Wisconsin-Milwaukee (3.4-3.6) ... Hit .375 (3-for-8) in series at Auburn (3.18-3.20) with three runs scored, a RBI and a stolen base ... Batted .333 (2-for-6) in series at Alabama (4.1-4.3) with a walk ... Entered midway through the game vs. Texas State (4.6) and went 2-for-2 with a RBI, including driving in the game-tying run with an eighth-inning triple ... Also scored the eventual game-winning run vs. the Bobcats ... Went 4-for-10 in the three-game series vs. Mississippi State (4.15-4.17) with a RBI and two runs scored ... Entered late in the game at Oral Roberts (4.19) and went 1-for-2 with a run scored ... Had at least one hit in each game of the series at Georgia (4.29-5.1), extending his hitting streak to nine games ... Hit the game-winning home run with a solo shot in the eighth inning in series-opening win vs. Florida (5.5) ... Batted .625 (5-for-8) in series at No. 4 South Carolina (5.13-5.15), including a career-high tying three hits in the series opener ... Drove in two runs, scored three times and had two stolen bases during the three games against the Gamecocks ... Led Arkansas at the plate in the NCAA Tempe Regional (6.3-6.5), hitting .533 (8-for-15) with two RBI and three runs scored. Had three multi-hit games, including a career-high tying three hits in win against New Mexico ... Named to the All-Regional team after performance at the Tempe Regional.
Started the first 12 games of the season in right field ... Opened the year with a seven-game hitting streak at the top of the lineup ... Had two hits and scored twice in season opener against Ball State ... Collected a hit and two stolen bases in game two of the Troy series ... Had a career game in midweek matchup against Kansas with first home run as a Razorback, four RBI and four runs scored ... Scored a run in each of the three games during the Kentucky series ... Suffered a season-ending knee injury against Saint Louis ... Played in 22 games, including 16 starts ... Hit .190 with a home run and five RBI ... Finished the year with two outfield assists from right field position.
Used mainly as a pinch runner and right fielder ... Scored the game-winning run in Arkansas' 12-inning win against Virginia in the College World Series ... Was 2-for-5 against the Cavaliers ... Started 17 games for the Razorbacks including three of Arkansas' four games at the SEC Tournament and two of three at the NCAA Norman Regional ... Was successful in seven of eight stolen base attempts ... Had two outfield assists in a four-game span, gunning down a Florida runner at the SEC Tournament and an Ole Miss runner on May 16 ... In the Alabama series, he started two games and went 4-7 with a run scored and two RBI ... He had a career-best three-hit game in the series and also stole a career-best two bases ... Was 2-4 against Missouri State in late March with a run scored ... Made a game-altering catch at the NCAA Norman Regional by picking off a ball that was hit over his head and slicing away from him.
Hughes Springs High School
Multiple-time all-state player ... All-East Texas as a junior and senior ... District MVP as a junior and senior ... District offensive MVP as a freshman and sophomore ... Hit better than .500 in each of his four seasons at Hughes Springs ... Set Mustang single-season school records for home runs and RBI.
In the Draft
2011 - Houston Astros, 31st round (940)
McKinney is the son of Greg and Mary McKinney ... Has two brothers, Ryan and Chad ... Majoring in kinesiology.