Michael McKenry

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Michael McKenry
Michael McKenry on June 30, 2016.jpg
McKenry with the Memphis Redbirds, triple-A affiliates of the Cardinals, in 2016
Tampa Bay Rays
Born: (1985-03-04) March 4, 1985 (age 32)
Knoxville, Tennessee
Bats: Right Throws: Right
MLB debut
September 8, 2010, for the Colorado Rockies
MLB statistics
(through July 18, 2016)
Batting average .238
Home runs 29
Runs batted in 103

Michael Charles McKenry (born March 4, 1985), nicknamed "The Fort", is an American professional baseball catcher in the Tampa Bay Rays organization. He has played in Major League Baseball (MLB) for the Pittsburgh Pirates, Colorado Rockies, and St. Louis Cardinals.

High school and college[edit]

McKenry attended Cedar Bluff Middle School, Farragut High School, and Middle Tennessee State University.

International career[edit]

McKenry was originally named to the USA roster for the 2009 Baseball World Cup,[1] but was injured and replaced by Lucas May before the tournament began.[2]

Professional career[edit]

Colorado Rockies[edit]

McKenry was drafted by the Colorado Rockies in the 7th round of the 2006 Major League Baseball Draft. In 2006, he played for the Tri-City Dust Devils. In 2007, he played for the Asheville Tourists. In 2008, he played for the Modesto Nuts. In January 2009, Baseball America rated McKenry the #9 prospect in the Colorado Rockies organization.[3] In 2009, he played for the Tulsa Drillers. In 2010, he played for the Colorado Springs Sky Sox, before being called up to the Rockies in September. McKenry made his major league debut on September 8, 2010, flying out against Cincinnati Reds pitcher Carlos Fisher in his only at bat. On March 29, 2011, McKenry was traded to the Boston Red Sox for minor league RHP Daniel Turpen.[4]

Boston Red Sox[edit]

On March 29, 2011, McKenry was traded to the Boston Red Sox for minor league RHP Daniel Turpen.[4] On June 13, 2011, he was traded to the Pittsburgh Pirates for cash or a player to be named later.[5]

McKenry with the Pittsburgh Pirates in 2011

Pittsburgh Pirates[edit]

On June 13, 2011, he was traded to the Pittsburgh Pirates for cash or a player to be named later.[5] McKenry made his debut for the Pirates on June 13 and recorded his first major league hit, a single off of Houston Astros starter J. A. Happ, two days later. He hit his first major league home run on July 8, 2011 against the Chicago Cubs.

On July 26, McKenry was involved in a controversial play against the Atlanta Braves in the bottom of the 19th inning. With runners on the corners, Scott Proctor hit a ground ball to Pedro Alvarez, who threw to McKenry, who appeared to tag Julio Lugo out at home. However, home plate umpire Jerry Meals called him safe, allowing Lugo to score the walk-off run.

McKenry has been given the nickname "Fort McKenry" or simply "The Fort" by fans and media in Pittsburgh due to his defensive skills behind the plate as the Pirates' catcher and the similarity of his name to Fort McHenry, the famous fort in Baltimore known for its role in the War of 1812.

On April 14, 2013 McKenry posted his first multi-homer game in the major leagues as he hit 2 home runs, rallying the Pirates to a 10-7 win over the Cincinnati Reds.[6] On July 30, 2013, McKenry underwent knee surgery to repair a torn meniscus and was ruled out for the rest of the 2013 season.

On December 2, 2013, the Pirates acquired Chris Stewart from the New York Yankees, and designated McKenry for assignment.[7] He was non-tendered by the Pirates later that day, becoming a free agent.[8]

Second stint with Rockies[edit]

McKenry signed a minor league deal with the Colorado Rockies on January 16, 2014.

Texas Rangers[edit]

McKenry signed a minor league deal with the Texas Rangers in December 2015. He was released on May 25, 2016.

St. Louis Cardinals[edit]

On May 27, 2016, McKenry signed a minor league contract with the St. Louis Cardinals.[9] The Cardinals called him up on July 7;[10] he made two plate appearances, and was designated for assignment on July 19.[11]

Atlanta Braves[edit]

On July 22, McKenry signed a minor league contract with the Atlanta Braves.[12]

Milwaukee Brewers[edit]

On August 15, 2016, he was traded to the Milwaukee Brewers for an unknown return.[13]

Tampa Bay Rays[edit]

On December 16, 2016, McKenry signed a minor league contract with the Tampa Bay Rays.[14]

Personal life[edit]

McKenry is the son of Cliff and Shelia McKenry.[15] He married his wife, Jaclyn, in 2008, the same year Jaclyn's Father died.[16]


  1. ^ "McKenry named to USA Baseball Professional Team". September 4, 2009. 
  2. ^ "Michael McKenry - BR Bullpen". baseball-reference.com. Retrieved 2014-07-04. 
  3. ^ "Colorado Rockies Top 10 prospects". January 26, 2009. 
  4. ^ a b "Rockies trade catcher Michael McKenry to Red Sox | MLB.com: News". mlb.mlb.com. Retrieved 2014-07-04. 
  5. ^ a b Brink, Bill (2011-06-13). "Pirates acquire catcher from Red Sox in trade". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Retrieved 2011-06-13. 
  6. ^ Biertempfel, Rob (April 14, 2013). "Pirates storm back to beat Reds, complete sweep". Retrieved 2013-04-15. 
  7. ^ Bucs acquire catcher and designate McHenry for assignment
  8. ^ Twitter / Pirates: The #Pirates have non-tendered Michael McKenry, Garrett Jones & Kyle McPherson. The team has agreed on a 1yr contract with C Chris Stewart.
  9. ^ Todd, Jeff (May 27, 2016). "Minor MLB Transactions: 5/27/16". MLB Trade Rumors. Retrieved May 28, 2016. 
  10. ^ "Cardinals' Mike McKenry: Contract purchased by Cardinals". July 7, 2016. Retrieved July 7, 2016. 
  11. ^ Timmerman, Tom (July 19, 2016). "Peralta goes on disabled list; Hazelbaker returns". St. Louis Post-Dispatch. Retrieved July 20, 2016. 
  12. ^ Todd, Jeff (July 22, 2016). "Minor MLB Transactions: 7/22/16". mlbtraderumors.com. Retrieved July 22, 2016. 
  13. ^ Nocco, Joseph (August 15, 2016). "Brewers acquire Michael McKenry from Braves". Today's Knuckleball. Retrieved August 15, 2016. 
  14. ^ Todd, Jeff (December 16, 2016). "Minor MLB Transactions: 12/16/16". mlbtraderumors.com. Retrieved December 17, 2016. 
  15. ^ "Michael McKenry Bio | GoBlueRaiders.com". goblueraiders.com. Retrieved 2014-07-04. 
  16. ^ Czerwinski, Kevin (November 5, 2008). "McKenry finding a better balance". 

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