Acquired: Drafted in the 36th round of the 2014 MLB First-Year Player Draft (SDP).
Most Recent Stats at Time of Debut
|1-1 with a 2.66 ERA in 20 games at San Antonio (Double-A) with 27 strikeouts and four walks in 23 2/3 innings while allowing 16 hits for a .182 BAA.|
Info & MLB Debut Date
Contract purchased from San Antonio on July 27, when RHP Kyle Lloyd was sent down, and RHP Jarred Cosart was transferred from the 10-day DL to the 60-day DL to clear a spot on the 40-man roster.
MLB Debut Date: 07/30/17
|July 30, in a 7-1 loss to the Padres. The second of three pitchers, he struck out two in one perfect inning. Of 13 pitches thrown, 10 were for strikes. Coming on to start the top of the seventh in relief of left-handed starter Clayton Richard, he struck out Gerrit Cole looking at three pitches, got Starling Marte to line out to center, and struck out Max Moroff swinging.|
|McGrath, a converted starter out of the University of Louisville, became the third Padres pitcher to make his MLB debut in a week (including two named Kyle) with each replacing the next on the active roster (RHP Jose Ruiz debuted on July 24, RHP Kyle Lloyd on July 25 and McGrath on July 30). A middle reliever with a herky-jerky motion that is unorthodox to say the least (see 2080's video of him from 2016 Arizona Fall League), he's been tough on lefties and righties alike. He's somehow stayed under the radar due to his non-glamorous role despite a career 1.61 ERA in 120 games, during which he's fanned 208 batters and walked just 29 in 184 2/3 innings, scattering 126 hits for a .190 BAA. In 2016, he combined between Lake Elsinore (High A), San Antonio and one game at El Paso (Triple-A) for an 0.93 ERA in 45 games, striking out 78 and walking 10 in 67 2/3 innings while allowing 41 hits for a .174 BAA. He throws a fastball in the middle 90s, a changeup and also has a slider but his deceptive delivery and excellent control are his bread and butter.|