Cubs acquire INF Zach McKinstry from Dodgers for RHP Chris Martin

SAN FRANCISCO –The Chicago Cubs today acquired infielder Zach McKinstry from the Los Angeles Dodgers for right-handed pitcher Chris Martin.

McKinstry, 27, played in 74 career major league games over three seasons with the Dodgers, going 37-for-176 (.210) with 10 doubles, eight home runs and 31 RBIs. In his longest time in the major league in 2021, McKinstry batted .296 (16 for 54) with five doubles, three home runs and 15 RBIs in April, with all three home runs and 11 RBIs in a 10 streak. matches from April 3-14. He saw time in right field (27 games), second baseman (23 games), left fielder (15 games), third baseman (13 games), designated hitter (four games) and save- short (1 game) in his MLB career.

The six-foot, 180-pound McKinstry split time between the Dodgers and Triple-A Oklahoma City in 2022. In 48 games with Oklahoma City this season, he hits .335 (64 for 191) with nine doubles, four triples, four home runs, 25 RBIs and 27 walks, contributing to a .417 on-base percentage and .904 OPS. His .335 average ranks second among Pacific Coast League players with at least 200 plate appearances.

In 2019, McKinstry had a stellar season, batting a combined .300 (129 for 430) with 24 doubles, six triples, 19 home runs and 78 RBIs in 121 games between Double-A Tulsa and Triple-A Oklahoma City. During the campaign, he earned Texas League Midseason All-Star honors with Tulsa.

Originally drafted by the Dodgers in the 33rd round of the 2016 Freshman Player Draft at Central Michigan University, the Toledo, Ohio native has played all eight of his professional seasons with the Dodgers organization. Overall, McKinstry is averaging .278 (435 for 1,564) with 78 doubles, 21 triples, 41 home runs and 195 RBIs in 444 career minor league games.

Martin, 36, is 1-0 with six catches and a 4.31 ERA (15 ER/31.1 IP) in 34 relief appearances for Chicago this season after signing a one-year contract with the team in March of this year. He is 6-15 with seven saves, 65 catches and a 4.10 ERA (103 ER/226.1 IP) in 243 career appearances with Colorado (2014), Yankees (2015), Texas (2018-19), Atlanta (2019-21) and the Cubs.

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