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Dodgers: Zach McKinstry Looks Up to Mookie Betts and ‘Cheat Code’ Justin Turner

The rookie is learning from two of the best.



Dodgers Utilityman Zach McKinstry has started the 2021 season strong. On the season McKinstry is slashing .314/.345/.588 with 3 home runs and 14 runs batted in, second only to Justin Turner. The rookie and former 33rd round draft pick is quickly becoming a known commodity in the MLB.

Notably, McKinstry joined Casey Stern and Brad Lidge on Monday’s edition of MLB Inside Pitch on Sirius XM to discuss his performance and the early success for the team. The 25-year-old pointed to the Dodgers’ commitment to preparation.

“From the minute we get to the field, I think the cage is booked up. If we had a little bit more time, I’m sure they’d still would use it. The cages are always going for us.”

Z-Mac added that teammate Mookie Betts has been particularly helpful to him learning his way around the big leagues.

“Mookie Betts has really stepped into that leadership role for me. Helping me out in the outfield…just watching him, he’s amazing with what he does. Makes great plays. Just having open ears and open thoughts to what he’s thinking.”

Moreover, while he’s been no slouch with the bat, McKinstry said he’s keeping a keen eye on veteran Justin Turner. The cheat code.

“[I] love to watch him hit in the cage…trying to pickup some tips from him hitting-wise. Feels like he has a cheat code in his bat.”

So far so good for the rookie utility man as he steps in and fills the massive void left by long-time Dodgers like Joc Pederson and Enrique Hernandez.

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Written by Eric Eulau

Born and raised in Ventura, not "Ven-CH-ura", California. Favorite Dodger Stadium food is the old school chocolate malt with the wooden spoon. Host of the Dodgers Nation 3 Up, 3 Down Podcast.

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