April 18, 2021

Dodgers: Will AJ Pollock’s Early Struggles Open More Opportunity for Zach McKinstry (Dodgers Nation)



Dodgers outfielder AJ Pollock absolutely raked during the 2020 season. A former All-Star and Gold Glove winner, Pollock tied Mookie Betts for most home runs on the team (16) en route to the best OPS of his career (.881).

Unfortunately, Pollock has not yet carried that momentum into this season. The veteran outfielder is slashing .208/.269/.208 in 24 at-bats thus far. He’s currently owns a 38.1% strikeout rate while collecting just two walks. All five of his hits have been singles.

We know it’s early, but how long of a leash will Pollock have? And will youngster Zach McKinstry’s hot start affect Pollock’s playing time moving forward?

Zach McKinstry

Manager Dave Roberts has taken notice of McKinstry’s early success.

“He’s a pro. A guy that has a great story. He’s a grinder. He’s a baseball player. He’s getting an opportunity. He earned this opportunity to make this club and he’s taken advantage of it. I feel comfortable moving him anywhere on the diamond. He’s getting those opportunities and it’s good to see him come through.”

McKinstry has three doubles and an exhilarating inside-the-park homer in six games. Although McKinstry…

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