Arizona Diamondbacks Re-Sign CEL RHP Jayson McKinley

The Arizona Diamondbacks have re-signed former Constellation Energy League right-hander Jayson McKinley. 

McKinley, 26, became the second former Constellation Energy League player in the last week to re-sign with the Diamondbacks, joining fellow right-hander Kevin McCanna. 

The Houston native (Friendswood High School) made 11 appearances -- including one start -- with the Lightning Sloths during CEL play, which were tied for the third-most appearances on the team. The Lamar University alum struck out 18 batters over 14 innings of work. 

The Tampa Bay Rays signed McKinley in 2016 after a four-year career at Lamar and he then went on to join the Diamondbacks in 2018, reaching the Double-A level in 2019. He’s gone 21-8 with a 3.39 ERA and 10 saves in 88 games (17 starts) at the affiliated minor league level. Over his four-year affiliated minor league career, he’s averaged 10.1 strikeouts-per-nine-innings. 

McKinley is the fourth player to sign with a Major League Baseball organization since the conclusion of the CEL season, joining McCanna, IF Jamie Westbrook (Milwaukee Brewers) and RHP Joe Wieland (Chicago Cubs). 

Five players had their contracts purchased by MLB organizations during the CEL season, including RHP Chase De Jong (Houston Astros), LHP Matt Dermody (Chicago Cubs) and RHP Brett Eibner (Miami Marlins), who reached the Majors in 2020.