Ahead of the Wednesday evening deadline to protect qualified players from next month’s Rule 5 draft, the Dodgers announced today that they added righty pitcher Mitchell White, utility man Zach McKinstry and outfielder DJ Peters to the 40-man roster.
We discussed the deadline in depth yesterday speculating that was a lock while believing that White was on the bubble. The addition of McKinstry came as a complete surprise.
The 24-year-old White was originally selected in the second round of the 2016 MLB draft out of Santa Clara University. In four seasons on the Los Angeles farm, he has posted a 14-15 mark with a 3.97 ERA (130 ER/294.2 IP) and 311 strikeouts against 102 walks. In 2019, he split the season between Double-A Tulsa and Triple-A Oklahoma City, going a combined 4-6 in 23 games (20 starts) with a 5.09 ERA (53 ER/93.2 IP) and 105 strikeouts.
McKinstry, 24, spent the majority of the 2019 season with Double-A Tulsa and was named to the Texas League Mid-Season All-Star after hitting .279 (95-for-341) with 16 doubles, four triples, 12 homers and 52 RBI in 95 games for the Drillers. He was promoted to Triple-A on August 3 and finished the campaign with Oklahoma City, slashing.382/.421/.753 with eight doubles, two triples, seven homers and 26 RBI in 26 games for the Oklahoma City Dodgers.
In four combined seasons with the organization, McKinstry is a .270 (331-for-1226) hitter with 61 doubles, 14 triples, 30 homers and 149 RBI. The Ohio native has moved all over the diamond in his Dodger career, playing 153 games at second base, 102 at third base, 78 at shortstop and 16 in the outfield. The left-handed hitter was originally chosen in the 33rd round of the 2016 MLB Draft out of Central Michigan University.
The 23-year-old Peters joins the Dodgers 40-man roster after splitting the 2019 season with Double-A Tulsa and Triple-A Oklahoma City. In 68 games for the Drillers, he hit .241 (60-for-249) with 10 doubles, 11 homers and 42 RBI while batting .260 (54-for-208) with 10 doubles, 12 homers and 39 RBI in 57 games for Oklahoma City.
In his career on the Los Angeles farm, he has appeared in all three outfield spots, recording 25 games in left field, 94 games in right field and 311 in center field. The Southern California native was originally drafted in the fourth round of the 2016 MLB draft out of Western Nevada Community College. In four seasons with the organization, he has hit a combined .269 (461-for-1714) with 92 homers and 271 RBI.
With Wednesday’s roster adjustment, the team’s 40-man roster now sits at 40 players.
(Juan Dorado furnished some information provided in this report)