Zach McKinstry
Zach McKinstry
25-Year-Old Second Baseman2B
Los Angeles Dodgers
2021 Fantasy Outlook
McKinstry came out of nowhere to appear on the Dodgers' radar by logging a 177 wRC+ in his first Triple-A stint in 2019. The 25-year-old followed with a strong spring training last season, logging a 1.314 OPS and drilling three homers over 31 plate appearances. Simply receiving a big-league call-up was an against-the-odds achievement in itself -- McKinstry was a slap-hitting 33rd-round pick in the 2016 first-year playoff draft -- and he ran with the opportunity, collecting a pair of hits in seven at-bats. McKinstry's minor-league track record reveals favorable walk and strikeout rates, which often translates to similar characteristics in the majors. The big question is whether the power that began to emerge in 2019 will continue to blossom as McKinstry further evolves as a hitter. If so, his ability to play all over the field could help McKinstry fill the type of super-utility role the Dodgers tend to covet. Read Past Outlooks
RANKSFrom Preseason
#600
ADP
Heads to bench
2BLos Angeles Dodgers
April 18, 2021
McKinstry is out of the lineup for Sunday's game against the Padres.
ANALYSIS
Dodgers manager Dave Roberts wanted to stock up on some extra right-handed bats to counter Padres southpaw Blake Snell, so McKinstry will take a seat in favor of Sheldon Neuse, who was called up from the taxi squad ahead of the series finale. With Gavin Lux (wrist) joining Cody Bellinger (lower leg) on the 10-day injured list, however, McKinstry should still have a clear path to regular starts against right-handed pitching.
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Batting Order Slot Breakdown
vs Right-Handed Pitchers
vs RHP
#1
#2
#3
#4
#5
#6
#7
#8
#9
1
2
1
2
vs Left-Handed Pitchers
vs LHP
#1
#2
#3
#4
#5
#6
#7
#8
#9
1
3
2
1
Left/Right Batting Splits
Since 2019
 
 
+15%
OPS vs RHP
2021
 
 
+21%
OPS vs RHP
2020
 
 
-100%
OPS vs RHP
2019
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OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2019vs Left .792 24 2 0 7 0 .333 .333 .458
Since 2019vs Right .912 41 6 3 7 0 .270 .317 .595
2021vs Left .792 24 2 0 7 0 .333 .333 .458
2021vs Right .957 34 5 3 7 0 .267 .324 .633
2020vs Left 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2020vs Right .714 7 1 0 0 0 .286 .286 .429
2019vs Left 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2019vs Right 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
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Home/Away Batting Splits
Since 2019
 
 
+37%
OPS at Home
2021
 
 
+35%
OPS at Home
2020
 
 
-100%
OPS on Road
2019
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OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2019Home 1.074 19 3 2 6 0 .294 .368 .706
Since 2019Away .782 46 5 1 8 0 .295 .304 .477
2021Home 1.074 19 3 2 6 0 .294 .368 .706
2021Away .794 39 4 1 8 0 .297 .308 .486
2020Home 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2020Away .714 7 1 0 0 0 .286 .286 .429
2019Home 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2019Away 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
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Stat Review
How does Zach McKinstry compare to other hitters?
This section compares his stats with all batting seasons from the previous three seasons (minimum 400 plate appearances)*. The bar represents the player's percentile rank. For example, if the bar is halfway across, then the player falls into the 50th percentile for that stat and it would be considered average.

* Exit Velocity and Barrels/PA % are benchmarked against 2019 data (min 400 PA) and Hard Hit Rate is benchmarked against last season's data (min 400 PA). See here for more exit velocity/barrels stats plus an explanation of current limitations with that data set.
  • BB/K
    Walk to strikeout ratio
  • BB Rate
    The percentage of plate appearances resulting in a walk.
  • K Rate
    The percentage of plate appearances resulting in a strikeout.
  • BABIP
    Batting average on balls in play. Measures how many of a batter’s balls in play go for hits.
  • ISO
    Isolated Power. Slugging percentage minus batting average. A computation used to measure a batter's raw power.
  • AVG
    Batting average. Hits divided by at bats.
  • OBP
    On Base Percentage. A measure of how often a batters reaches base. Roughly equal to number of times on base divided by plate appearances.
  • SLG
    Slugging Percentage. A measure of the batting productivity of a hitter. It is calculated as total bases divided by at bats.
  • OPS
    On base plus slugging. THe sum of a batter's on-base percentage and slugging percentage.
  • wOBA
    Weighted on-base average. Measures a player's overall offensive contributions per plate appearance. wOBA combines all the different aspects of hitting into one metric, weighting each of them in proportion to their actual run value.
  • Exit Velocity
    The speed of the baseball as it comes off the bat, immediately after a batter makes contact.
  • Hard Hit Rate
    A measure of contact quality from Sports Info Solutions. This stat explains what percentage of batted balls were hit hard vs. medium or soft.
  • Barrels/PA
    The percentage of plate appearances where a batter had a batted ball classified as a Barrel. A Barrel is a batted ball with similar exit velocity and launch angle to past ones that led to a minimum .500 batting average and 1.500 slugging percentage.
BB/K
0.14
 
BB Rate
3.4%
 
K Rate
24.1%
 
BABIP
.342
 
ISO
.259
 
AVG
.296
 
OBP
.328
 
SLG
.556
 
OPS
.883
 
wOBA
.377
 
Exit Velocity
80.7 mph
 
Hard Hit Rate
34.2%
 
Barrels/PA
6.9%
 
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2020 Fantasy Outlook
He doesn't have much pedigree (33rd-round pick in 2016), but McKinstry earned a spot on the Dodgers' 40-man roster with a breakout 2019 at Double-A and Triple-A. He had excelled at some previous stops but was old for those levels, so his production didn't really register. However, he was 26% better than the average Texas League hitter and used the juiced ball and hitter-friendly environment of the Pacific Coast League to log a 177 wRC+ after his promotion. His strikeout rate was below 20% at both stops, and he utilized an all-fields line drive and flyball-oriented approach. McKinstry played double-digit games at second base, shortstop, third base and the outfield, which is critical, as he will probably have to break in as a super-utility option. He hits left-handed but had reverse splits last year (.873 OPS vs. RHP, .924 OPS vs. LHP). McKinstry has a chance to hit for a high average with 20-homer pop.
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Collects three hits Friday
2BLos Angeles Dodgers
April 17, 2021
McKinstry went 3-for-6 with a double and and two RBI in Friday's win over San Diego.
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Clubs third homer
2BLos Angeles Dodgers
April 15, 2021
McKinstry went 2-for-4 with a solo home run Wednesday in a win over the Rockies.
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Records three RBI in win
2BLos Angeles Dodgers
April 11, 2021
McKinstry went 2-for-3 with three RBI and a run scored on a two-run homer and a double in Sunday's 3-0 win over the Nationals.
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Gets fourth straight start
2BLos Angeles Dodgers
April 7, 2021
McKinstry will bat eighth and start in right field Wednesday against the Athletics.
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Records three hits Monday
2BLos Angeles Dodgers
April 5, 2021
McKinstry went 3-for-4 with a double, three RBI and a run scored in Monday's win over the Athletics.
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