Copyrighted by Sarah Morris, 2021
Before the 2021 spring training began, Dodger President Andrew Friedman envisioned rookie Zach McKinstry would replace Kiké Hernández who had a desire to be an everyday player and went to the Boston Red Sox. While Friedman is a brilliant baseball man, McKinstry is no Hernández, and the Dodgers missed having two super utility players during the 2021 season.
McKinstry did not do well after experiencing an oblique strain in mid-April. Before the injury, he looked like a candidate for the National League Rookie of the Year when he displayed his power. At the end of the season, he appeared in only 60 games in the Major Leagues. His batting average was .215 with seven home runs.
While McKinstry can play everywhere, he does not have good defensive instincts anywhere. In my opinion, McKinstry will be an ordinary player, not good enough for the Dodgers. Friedman should trade McKinstry somewhere for pitching.