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Dodgers: Max Muncy Hoping Zach McKinstry is the Answer to Kiké’s Departure

McKinstry has some of the veteran guys sold.



At this point, Zach McKinstry is probably exhausted hearing the Kiké Hernandez comparisons. But the truth is that the Dodgers will be using him to fill that type of role should he make the Opening Day roster. 

Several Dodgers coaches including Dave Roberts, have already talked about McKinstry filling Kiké’s shoes. In terms of defensive versatility, the two guys match up well. But many believe that McKinstry can end up being much better with the bat, which would be huge for Los Angeles. 

Even Max Muncy is hopeful that McKinstry can take over what Kiké did and then some. The Dodgers first baseman spoke with am570’s Dave Vassegh today about working with Zach in the offseason and what he hopes to see out of him. 

The guy is super talented. He has a chance to be Kiké for us, obviously hitting left-handed instead of right-handed. Maybe not as many dance moves…McKinstry has got a chance to be really good for us. He’s got a great swing, I love his swing, he wants to work hard, he wants to go out there and win. So I think he’s got a chance to be really good for us.

The fact that the Dodgers have McKinstry in at centerfield in today’s Spring Training game shows that they are indeed looking for that type of player. Getting his versatile glove into a lineup packed with guys who can move around only improves them. 

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Offensively, McKinstry has demonstrated at every level that he can be a valuable addition. If the Dodgers do end up getting him into their roster by Opening Day, it could be huge. Muncy did mention how valuable Hernandez was to the team and how much he was going to be missed as well. 

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Written by Brook Smith

Brook is the Senior Editor of Dodgers Nation, with several years of experience in sports journalism. He is an avid Dodgers and Lakers fan, and can be spotted fairly often at Dodger Stadium and Staples Center.

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  1. McKinstry’s swing looks more compact, shorter. He may make contact more consistently than Kike. Kike will be missed, though. Wish him well with the BoSox

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