• Full name Brett Kinneman
  • Born 08/28/1996 in York, PA
  • Profile Ht.: 6'1" / Wt.: 195 / Bats: L / Throws: L
  • School North Carolina State
  • Drafted in the 7th round (204th overall) by the Pittsburgh Pirates in 2018 (signed for $215,500).
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    A three-year starter and middle-of-the-order bat for North Carolina State, Kinneman surged up draft boards earlier this spring, when he hit 12 home runs in his first 106 at-bats--at that point an NCAA-leading total--and slashed .340/.413/.774. The York, Penn., native has since cooled, adding only one homer in his 80 at-bats since then and seeing his average nosedive to .285, which is more in line with career norms. Kinneman has a quick lefthanded bat and thunderous raw power that can lead to majestic shots when he connects. However, like many power hitters, he's hamstrung by swing-and-miss issues and can be pitched to, striking out 49 times to 31 walks through 46 games this spring. Pushed to left field due to the presence of the more dynamic Josh McClain and Brock Deathrage, Kinneman runs well enough and has enough arm strength to handle center field if needed, but he has more of a corner outfield profile long term. Kinneman's torrid start had him looking like a potential third-round pick, but he could fall a round or two further due to his second-half slide. He's a college performer who has fared well against premium arms in the Atlantic Coast Conference, but questions with his overall hit tool and swing-and-miss tendencies drag him down.

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