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Jun 24, 2024 2 1 0 0 4
Jun 23, 2024 2 1 1 1 7.5
Jun 19, 2024 0 0 0 0 -1
Jun 18, 2024 0 0 0 0 -1
Jun 16, 2024 0 0 0 0

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Zach McKinstry saw his most consistent MLB playing time yet in 2023, though he remained a limited offensive player. The 28-year-old batted just .231 with a .653 OPS across 148 games. He didn't provide much in the way of counting stats either with only nine home runs, 35 RBI and 60 runs scored, though at least he managed 16 stolen bases in 22 attempts. McKinstry's best attribute remained his versatility, as he appeared at every defensive position except for catcher and first base in his first season with the Tigers. At this point in his career, McKinstry profiles as a prototypical utility player who can provide solid defense across the diamond but doesn't offer much at the plate. That makes him a more valuable real-life player than fantasy asset, so managers don't need to have McKinstry on the radar outside of deeper formats. He can at least be a bargain bin dart throw for DFS players.

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2024 561.1 9 2 9 10 4 .197
2023 276.51.9 60 9 35 44 16 .231
2022 1001.8 21 5 14 16 7 .199
3y Avg. 1571.8 33 7 26 23 8 .221
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  • Tigers' Zach McKinstry: Goes deep in easy win

    McKinstry went 2-for-4 with a double and a solo home run in Sunday's 11-2 win over the White Sox. McKinstry was one of four Detroit players to go deep and perhaps the most surprising one, as this was just his second of the season across 51 games. The utility player is batting only .185, and while he's seeing more playing time right now with Javier Baez (back) on the injured list, McKinstry may be better suited to a reserve role due to his limited offensive abilities.
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  • Tigers' Zach McKinstry: Sitting again Saturday

    McKinstry isn't in the Tigers' lineup for Saturday's game against the White Sox. McKinstry has gone 0-for-18 with eight strikeouts in his last six contests, and he'll now sit down for the second game in a row Saturday. Ryan Kreidler will pick up another start at shortstop, batting ninth.
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  • Tigers' Zach McKinstry: Idle Friday

    McKinstry is not part of the starting lineup for Friday's game against the White Sox. After starting four of the Tigers' last five games at shortstop, McKinstry will yield to Ryan Kreidler on Friday. McKinstry has two hits in his last 23 at-bats and has struck out nine times during that span.
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  • Tigers' Zach McKinstry: Idle against RHP

    McKinstry is out of the lineup for Friday's game against Houston. McKinstry will give way to the righty-hitting Ryan Kreidler at shortstop Friday even with right-hander Hunter Brown on the mound for the Astros. It'll be Kreidler's third start since Javier Baez (back) got injured, while McKinstry has only had two starts during that stretch.
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  • Tigers' Zach McKinstry: Moves to bench against lefty

    McKinstry is out of the lineup for Thursday's game against the Nationals. Since Javier Baez sat out Sunday's 10-2 win over the Brewers before being placed on the 10-day injured list Tuesday with lumbar spine inflammation, McKinstry and Ryan Kreidler have both picked up a pair of starts at shortstop. Though manager A.J. Hinch suggested that the two shortstops wouldn't work in a strict platoon, both of McKinstry's starts have come against right-handed pitching. Kreidler, meanwhile, will start at shortstop Thursday versus lefty Patrick Corbin, after Kreidler was previously included in the lineup Tuesday, when southpaw Mitchell Parker was on the bump for Washington.
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  • Tigers' Zach McKinstry: Set for bulk of reps at shortstop

    Tigers manager A.J. Hinch said Tuesday that McKinstry and Ryan Kreidler will share shortstop while Javier Baez (back) is on the 15-day injured list, Chris McCosky of The Detroit News reports. Hinch said it won't be a strict platoon between the two players but will be close to that. As the left-handed bat, McKinstry will be in line to receive the bulk of the reps at the position, although Kreidler is starting there Tuesday versus Nationals lefty Mitchell Parker. Hinch noted that Andy Ibanez could see a handful of innings at shortstop, as well.
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  • Tigers' Zach McKinstry: Starting at shortstop Sunday

    McKinstry is starting at shortstop and batting seventh in Sunday's game against the Brewers. Javier Baez started the first two games of the series at shortstop, but he'll hit the bench Sunday and give way to McKinstry. Baez is struggling mightily this season with a .183/.209/.247 slash line, so McKinstry could earn more playing time moving forward, though the latter profiles more as a utility player than an everyday starter.
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  • Tigers' Zach McKinstry: Big effort in win

    McKinstry went 2-for-4 with a triple and a two-run home run in Tuesday's 3-1 win over the Rangers. McKinstry launched his first home run of the season in the second inning, then followed with his second triple of the year in the fourth. While Javier Baez is still the team's primary option at shortstop, McKinstry has managed to carve out a sizeable role amid Baez's struggles at the plate. McKinstry is probably best suited as a utility player, however, so he likely will continue to move around the field rather than replace Baez altogether.
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  • Tigers' Zach McKinstry: Reaches twice in Sunday's loss

    McKinstry went 1-for-3 with a walk in Sunday's 7-1 loss to the Athletics and is now batting .313 across seven appearances this season. McKinstry isn't known as an offensive threat, but he's off to a strong start in his utility role. He started at shortstop Sunday with regular Javier Baez, who is batting just .154 so far, getting the day off. Baez will likely stick as the primary starter, though McKinstry could start to earn more playing time if he continues to reach base at a solid clip.
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  • Tigers' Zach McKinstry: Could see more time at third

    With Gio Urshela not locked into the starting third base job yet, McKinstry may have a path to more regular playing time at the hot corner, Evan Petzold of the Detroit Free Press reports. Petzold went on to note that McKinstry is still likely best suited for a utility role off the bench, but the uncertainty at third base could work in his favor. For now, Urshela along with Matt Vierling seem like the top options at the hot corner, with McKinstry available there and elsewhere across the diamond. The 28-year-old offers nice versatility, though he's never produced much offensively at the MLB level.
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  • Tigers' Zach McKinstry: Likely set for bench role

    McKinstry will likely serve in a utility role for the Tigers this season with Colt Keith the presumptive starter at second base, Jason Beck of MLB.com reports. The Tigers have cycled through a handful of options at the keystone the past few seasons, but the 22-year-old Keith is seen as a potential long-term solution, and it appears that the team is ready to give him a shot. McKinstry appeared in 148 games and recorded 464 at-bats for Detroit last season, though he's likely better suited for a more limited role. Expect him to provide versatility but little offense as a utility player in 2024, which limits his fantasy upside.
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  • Tigers' Zach McKinstry: Goes deep in loss

    McKinstry went 1-for-4 with a two-run home run in Friday's loss to the Guardians. McKinstry's second-inning home run gave him nine this season. His previous career high was seven, which he recorded in 2021, and the utility player came into the year with only 12 career MLB home runs across three seasons. Heading into 2024, McKinstry figures to retain a versatile role where he plays multiple positions, though his fantasy appeal is limited due to his lack of offensive upside.
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  • Tigers' Zach McKinstry: Sitting against lefty

    McKinstry isn't in the Tigers' lineup Sunday against Oakland. McKinstry will sit down Sunday with left-hander JP Sears on the mound for Oakland. Zack Short will start at the keystone and bat eighth while McKinstry is out.
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  • Tigers' Zach McKinstry: Scores lone run Saturday

    McKinstry went 2-for-5 with a double and a run scored in Saturday's 4-1 loss to the Athletics. McKinstry was the only Detroit player with multiple hits, and he had one of only two extra-base knocks for the team. The utility player often serves in a leadoff role, which he did Saturday, but the Tigers can struggle to put together much offense, as they're 29th in the majors in runs scored. That limits the upside of McKinstry and other Detroit hitters in run-producing spots.
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  • Tigers' Zach McKinstry: Idle against southpaw

    McKinstry isn't in Detroit's lineup Friday against Oakland. Lefty Ken Waldichuk will start on the bump for the A's on Friday, meaning the left-handed bat of McKinstry will stay put in the Tigers' dugout to begin the game. McKinstry's absence will allow Zack Short to start at second base and bat ninth.
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  • Tigers' Zach McKinstry: Resting versus lefty

    McKinstry isn't in the Tigers' lineup Tuesday against the Dodgers. With left-hander Caleb Ferguson starting on the mound for the Dodgers, the left-handed bat of McKinstry will stay put in Detroit's dugout to begin Tuesday's contest. Andy Ibanez will instead start at second base and bat second.
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  • Tigers' Zach McKinstry: Sitting amid slump

    McKinstry is out of the lineup Sunday versus the Angels. Andy Ibanez will start at second base and bat second as Zack Short plays shortstop and hits eighth. McKinstry has slashed just .135/.211/.154 with 17 strikeouts over his last 57 plate appearances dating back to Aug. 30.
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  • Tigers' Zach McKinstry: Sitting against lefty

    McKinstry isn't in the Tigers' lineup Thursday against the Yankees, Erik Boland of Newsday reports. Left-hander Carlos Rodon will toe the slab to begin Thursday's game for New York, so the lefty-hitting McKinstry will retreat to the dugout. Andy Ibanez will fill in at the keystone and bat third while McKinstry sits.
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  • Tigers' Zach McKinstry: Swats late homer

    McKinstry went 1-for-4 with a solo home run in Sunday's 17-4 loss to the Astros. McKinstry hit a ninth-inning home run off Ryne Stanek for his eighth long ball of the season and first since July 22. He's now reached safely in eight straight games and 11 of his last 12 while splitting time between second base, third base and shortstop. The 28-year-old is now slashing .239/.310/.359 with 27 extra-base hits, 30 RBI, 49 runs, 15 steals and a 37:88 BB:K in 421 plate appearances, which smashes his previous career-high of 185 plate appearances in 2022.
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  • Tigers' Zach McKinstry: Walks twice, swipes bag

    McKinstry went 1-for-2 with a steal in Wednesday's 6-4 loss to the Cubs. McKinstry drew a walk in two of his first three plate appearances but was left stranded on each occasion as the Tigers failed to keep pace with Chicago's offense. Then, down two runs in the bottom of the ninth, the right fielder added a single to advance Parker Meadows to third before stealing second base to put the tying run in scoring position. McKinstry has now hit safely in three straight games and in five of his last six, tallying two RBI and two runs scored over that latter stretch while also drawing four walks.
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