Dodgers Add Ryan Meisinger, Zach McKinstry as Active Rosters Expand

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On the first day of league-wide roster expansion, the Los Angeles Dodgers added both righty pitcher Ryan Meisinger and utilityman Zach McKinstry to the team’s active roster, bringing the current count to the full 28 players.

According to this year’s MLB rules, clubs can also carry up to five players on a taxi squad to facilitate injury or COVID-19 replacement.

At the time of this writing, the players making up the taxi squad have yet to be announced.

Meisinger, 27, was claimed on Tuesday from the Chicago Cubs. He went 0-0 with a 12.27 ERA (10 ER/7.1 IP) and six strikeouts in seven games for the Cubs at the big league level this year. The right-hander has made stops in Baltimore (2018), St. Louis (2019) and Chicago (2021) and is a combined 2-1 with a 7.26 ERA (25 ER/31.0 IP) and 30 strikeouts.

In 171 minor league games spanning six seasons, Meisinger is a combined 14-13 with 23 saves in 24 chances and a 2.68 ERA (81 ER/ 272.0 IP). He was drafted by the Orioles in the 11th round of the 2015 MLB draft out of Radford University.

Brooks Baseball has Meisinger’s four-seam sitting a few ticks shy of 92 MPH for the 2021 season. In addition to the four-seam, he primarily throws a slider, a two-seam and a change.

McKinstry, 26, returns for his third stint with the parent club this year. On the season, he is batting .217 with seven homers and 29 RBI in 59 games. He played in 20 games for Triple-Oklahoma City, batting .257 with three homers and eight RBI.

In six minor league seasons in the Dodgers organization, McKinstry has hit a combined .269 (349-for-1296) with 33 homers and 157 RBI across five different levels. He was originally drafted by the Dodgers in the 33rd round of Central Michigan University in the 2016 MLB draft.

Here’s how the current active roster stacks up:

Pitchers (15):

  • Phil Bickford
  • Justin Bruihl
  • Walker Buehler
  • Brusdar Graterol
  • Shane Greene
  • Kenley Jansen
  • Joe Kelly
  • Corey Knebel
  • Ryan Meisinger
  • Evan Phillips
  • David Price
  • Max Scherzer
  • Blake Treinen
  • Julio Urias
  • Alex Vesia

Catchers (2):

  • Austin Barnes
  • Will Smith

Infielders (5):

  • Max Muncy
  • Albert Pujols
  • Corey Seager
  • Justin Turner
  • Trea Turner

Outfielders (4):

  • Cody Bellinger
  • Mookie Betts
  • Billy McKinney
  • AJ Pollock

Utility (2)

  • Zach McKinstry
  • Chris Taylor

According to Bill Plunkett of the OC Register, Sheldon Neuse and Luke Raley are on the injured list at Triple-A Oklahoma City, freeing up 40-man roster spots for Meisinger and Jake Jewell, who was also recently claimed on waivers. No injuries were specified for Neuse or Raley, meaning they are likely COVID-related in some way.

Among the notables absent on the active roster are Matt Beaty, Andre Jackson, Gavin Lux and Mitch White.

(Juan Dorado provided some information furnished in this report)

7 thoughts on “Dodgers Add Ryan Meisinger, Zach McKinstry as Active Rosters Expand

  1. Perhaps Jackson, White. Beaty and Lux on taxi squad? I am amazed McKinney is still playing and Beaty was sent down. So far McKinney has demonstrated he can’t make contact with RISP ie crunch time. Maybe Roberts sticks with McKinney as Roberts was also a player with good defense and couldn’t hit.

    1. I’m sure all those guys will be part of the taxi squad. I’m right there with you on the McKinney/Beaty thing. McKinney has an outstanding glove and range, but I think the team should be prioritizing offense over defense right now. Taylor does fine in RF as an alternate to Betts.

  2. Serious Dennis. Meisinger. I know there’s not much on the farm, but meisinger? Another one and done? Why do they do ‘this? We have a farm system full of ex prospects. Are they that bad?

  3. Andy/Dennis – just checking to see that you guys are OK. Hope you weren’t hit by that horrific storm that blew through the northeast.

    We’re burning down out here in the west and you guys are being flooded out in the east.

    Luckily we have the first place Dodgers to divert our attention for a little bit.

    Anyway, hope you and your families are OK. If you see this and have a minute just let us know.

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