Former Waterloo Buck Zach McKinstry Debuts with the Dodgers
Former Waterloo Buck Zach McKinstry made his Major League debut for the Los Angeles Dodgers on Wednesday, September 16, 2020. McKinstry is the 19th former Buck to play Major League Baseball.
McKinstry, who played collegiately at Central Michigan University, played for the Waterloo Bucks in 2015. He was drafted by the Los Angeles Dodgers in the 33rd round of the 2016 MLB draft.
In 2015 with the Bucks, McKinstry played in 58 games and hit .281 with three triples, nine doubles and three home runs. He drove in 21 runs and stole eight bases.
McKinstry began his professional career in 2016 with the Dodgers rookie level team in the Arizona League. After four games he was promoted to the Great Lakes Loons of the Lo-A Midwest League. For the season he hit .252 with three triples, five doubles and 39 runs scored. He drove in 14 runs and stole six bases.
In 2017 McKinstry began the year with Great Lakes and then, after 17 games, he moved up to the Rancho Cucamonga Quakes of the Hi-A California League. He would play in 82 games with the Quakes before ending the season with the Tulsa Drillers of the AA Texas League. For the season he hit a combined .239 over 114 games. He had four home runs, 21 doubles and one triple. He drove in 33 runs, scored 54 times and stole seven bases.
In 2018 McKinstry again moved from Great Lakes to Tulsa. He played in 76 games and hit .282 with seven home runs, four triples and 11 doubles. He stole two bases, drove in 24 runs and scored 39 times.
McKinstry began the 2019 season with Tulsa and then was promoted, after 95 games, to the Oklahoma City Dodgers of the AAA Pacific Coast League. Between the two clubs he hit .300 in 121 games. He had career-highs in home runs with 19, doubles with 24, triples with six and stolen bases with eight. He also drove in a career-high 78 runs.
McKinstry was placed in the Dodgers 60-man player pool for the 2020 season and was called up first in August and then again in September. In his Major League debut against the San Diego Padres, McKinstry entered the game as a pinch-hitter for Justin Turner and struck out in his only plate appearance.