Brendan McKay is still going to function as a two-way player, but the Rays are planning to narrow his attention on the hitting side by keeping him designated hitter-only duties, a source confirmed to ’s Juan Toribio on Monday.

In 2013, McKay’s schedule will likely soon be take off to pitch one afternoon, and DH before his game on the mound.

Brendan McKay is still going to function as a two-way player, but the Rays are planning to narrow his attention on the hitting side by keeping him designated hitter-only duties, a source confirmed to ’s Juan Toribio on Monday.

In 2013, McKay’s schedule will likely soon be take off to pitch one afternoon, and DH before his game on the mound.

As stated by the Tampa Bay Times’ Marc Topkin, who first reported that the Rays’ plans the team believes if he does not have to juggle duties of hitting, pitching and playing first base, it’ll help the development of McKay. The Rays also expect the proceed to DH will help McKay remain healthy this past year, after he dealt with injuries that are oblique.

“That really is all about prioritizing the things we think are most important in Brendan’s development at this point,” Ray senior vice president Chaim Bloom told Topkin. “This may let him prepare his pre game program more efficiently and maintain his in-game focus on the areas we think are most critical to his own development.”

The 23-year-old McKay is ranked ’s No. 2-9 overall prospect entering 20-19 by MLB Pipeline, as well as the No. 3 left-handed pitching prospect, No. 4 first-base potential and was the Rays’ No. 2 overall possibility in’18. However, in his first full pro season McKay was substantially better being a pitcher compared as a hitter.

In his 75 games, he slashed at .214/.368/.359 using six home runs.

Bloom told Topkin that McKay could also finally reunite to playing base, and that the Rays moving McKay into DH in 20-19 does not change their plans to maintain developing him a two-way player.