Dodgers Prospect likely to be called up in 2020 – Zach McKinstry
Another prospect that saw his name added to the 40-man roster over the winter was infielder Zach McKinstry. While not the traditional top prospects that the Dodgers churn out on a yearly basis, McKinstry fits in with a wave of otherwise useful players that have shown they can contribute despite their pedigree not tipping the 20-80 scales.
The second-baseman enters the 2020 season as the team’s 20th ranked prospect, after showing well at both Tulsa and Oklahoma City last season. In 121 combined games, he hit .300/.366/.516 with 19 home runs and 78 RBI while also appearing at five positions. That earned him protection from the Rule 5 draft and a spring training invite.
McKinstry made the most of his spring opportunities as well, hitting .407/.448/.778 with two home runs and six RBI in 27 at-bats before the pandemic shut everything down. Despite the performance, McKinstry was optioned to minor league camp on March 10.
That all said, McKinstry’s defensive flexibility is a trait that the Dodgers value greatly, and with his emerging bat, he could see the field with Los Angeles in 2020. He may have to wait for a need to present itself, but he’s shown enough to warrant an opportunity should it arise.