Through October 3, 1999
& Scouting Report
Center Field, Designated Hitter
August 27, 1967, Bradenton , FL
Selected by the Kansas City Royals in the first round (17th pick overall) of the 1985 free-agent draft.
Traded by the Kansas City Royals to the Chicago Cubs for Derek Wallace and Geno Morones on April 4, 1995.
Married (Adrienne) ... Studied broadcast journalism at the University of Kansas, and since joining the Cubs has been an in-studio analyst for both WGN-TV and SportsChannel ... Played for his father, Hal McRae, Kansas City's manager from 1991-94 ... Devotes time to the Big Brothers/Big Sisters Program and the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.
Traded by the Mets and the Rockies in a nine-day span in July and August, Brian McRae also lost his status as an everyday player by the end of the season. Picked up by Toronto for a player to be named, McRae hit just .195 for the Jays and was benched in favor of rookie Vernon Wells.
Hitting, Baserunning & Defense
The switch-hitting McRae has declined offensively since 1995, with the exception of an upturn in 1998. He doesn't hit the ball with authority any longer, especially from the left side. He'll work counts patiently and take more walks than he did in the past. McRae still is one of the better range rovers in the game despite knee problems that have slowed him down. He doesn't have much of an arm, but his overall prowess makes up for it. McRae's stolen-base skills also have eroded, as he was caught seven times in nine tries last year.
The Blue Jays won't re-sign McRae as a free agent. He has slipped so far that he may have to sign a minor league contract and prove himself all over again.
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