As a Junior (2017)
Redshirted due to an injury … Named to SEC Spring Academic Honor Roll.
As a Sophomore (2016)
Made 13 appearances with 12 starts to finish with a 6.66 ERA and a 1-5 record … Part of starting rotation for majority of season, pitching 52.2 innings and striking out 31 … All decisions came in conference play with win coming against Auburn (March 26) … Threw 6.0 scorless innings in win over Auburn, giving up just three hits with three strikeouts … Had a 6.75 ERA in conference play … Tied a career-high of five strikeouts twice during season, vs. No. 2 Florida (April 15) and No. 2 Texas A&M (May 1) … Went a season-long 7.0 innings vs. Eastern Illinois (March 6), giving up just one earned run while scattering four hits … Recorded two or more strikeouts in eight of last nine appearances, all in SEC play.
As a Freshman (2015)
>>> SEC All-Freshman Team (Coaches)
>>> Louisville Slugger Freshman All-America
>>> SEC Pitcher of the Week (May 4)
>>> SEC Freshman of the Week (May 18)
Came on strong at the end of the season, posting a 5-1 record over his final 10 starts to help anchor the starting rotation … Named to the SEC All-Freshman Team (Coaches) after going 5-0 in conference play with a 2.90 earned run average … Earned Louisville Slugger Freshman All-America honors, becoming the 18th Freshman All-American in program history … Was named SEC Pitcher and Freshman of the Week during the season, the only player in the league to earn both honors … Named SEC Pitcher of the Week (May 4) after tossing a two-hit shutout at Alabama (May 2) for his second complete game of the year … Earned SEC Freshman of the Week honors after his final start of the regular season, recording 7.0 scoreless innings at Georgia (May 15) and allowing just four hits … Posted a season-high five strikeouts in a complete-game victory over Kentucky (April 12) … Allowed three earned runs or less in 17 of his 18 starts on the year … Finished with a 3.21 ERA, the lowest among starting pitchers on the staff … Was the only pitcher on the team to record a complete game, notching two on the season … Tied for fourth in school history and set the freshman record with 18 games started on the year … Named to 2014-15 SEC First Year Academic Honor Roll.
Ankeny Centennial HS
Ranked as the 37th-best recruit nationally and the No. 1 recruit in the state of Iowa according to Perfect Game … Ranked as the 43rd-best prospect nationally for the 2014 MLB Draft by Baseball America … Named MaxPreps 2014 Preseason Mr. Baseball in Iowa … 2014 First Team Pre-Season Louisville Slugger High School All-American… Named a Perfect Game Preseason First Team All-American in 2014 … Participated in Perfect Game Iowa Spring Wood Bat League in 2014 … Attended 2014 Perfect Game Spring Top Prospect Showcase and National Pre-Draft Showcase … 2014 Gatorade Baseball Player of the Year for Iowa … Named a 2013 first team preseason high school underclassmen All-American and a 2012 second team preseason high school underclassmen All-American by Perfect Game … Helped the USA Baseball 18U National Team to the IBAF 18U World Cup championship in August 2013, hitting .308 with six RBI and going 0-1 with a 1.93 ERA on the mound … Played in the Perfect Game All-American Classic at Petco Park in August 2013 … Earned Pitcher of the Year honors and was named first team All-State as a junior after going 8-0 with a 0.59 ERA and hitting .388 with eight home runs and 38 RBI … Coached by Mark Hey at Ankeny Centennial High School … Played his summer baseball with Marucci Elite, coached by Chad Raley.
In the Draft
2014 – New York Mets, 28th round (835 overall)
Son of Todd and Shelly McKinney … Has one brother, Kalvin, and one sister, Kara … Mother played basketball at Iowa Central Community College … Business major.