Los Angeles Dodgers 2021 player review: Billy McKinney
The Los Angeles Dodgers strengthened their playing position on July 21 with a trade to Billy McKinney of the New York Mets in exchange for Minor League outfielder Carlos Rincon.
McKinney started the year with the Milwaukee Brewers before being traded to the Mets in late May. Between the two teams, he reached .213 / .282 .415 with eight homers.
McKinney made his Dodgers debut on July 22 against the San Francisco Giants and went 1-3 with a brace. He went on to appear in 21 of the club’s next 23 games, making 15 starts to right field.
Despite only hitting 0.204 / 0.290 / 0.383 over time, Dodgers manager Dave Roberts felt McKinney was providing the club with quality hitters.
âThe value is he’s a good drummer. In the eight hole, he’s not there to attack the offense, âRoberts said of McKinney at the time. âHe’s there to take good hitters, see the pitches and overturn the formation, which he did. “
McKinney continued to enjoy regular playing time until September 10, when he was placed on the 10-day injured list with a left hip impingement.
The 27-year-old was not in another regular season game but was on the Dodgers’ playoff roster for the Wild Card Game and the National League Division Series. He’s only registered one batting in three combined games against the St. Louis Cardinals and Giants.
In 37 games with the Dodgers during the regular season, McKinney produced 0.146 / 0.276 / 0.232 with two doubles, a triple, a homer and seven RBIs in 98 appearances at home.
McKinney’s climax in 2021
McKinney’s best performance of the 2021 season came on June 9 as a member of the Mets when he went 3-on-5 with two homers and five RBIs in a 14-1 win over the Baltimore Orioles.
On November 20, the Dodgers named McKinney and Zach Reks to make room for Jacob Amaya, Michael Grove, Eddys Leonard, James Outman and Jorbit Vivas on their 40-man roster.
LA has done this to prevent the aforementioned minor leagues from potentially being selected in the 2021 draft rule 5, which could take place as soon as a new collective agreement is in place.
Three days later, McKinney and Reks were traded to the Texas Rangers for cash consideration. McKinney has not since been tendered and is now free to sign with any team.
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