Detroit Tigers: 3 surprise cuts, 2 surprise additions to the Opening Day roster
2 surprise additions to the Opening Day roster: INF Zack McKinstry
McKinstry wasn't even with the Tigers this spring—he wasn't even playing in the Grapefruit League. He was over the Cactus League playing for the Cubs, where he went 3-for-38. That comes up to a batting average of .079. Anybody have that on their bingo cards?
This is a very puzzling move for several reasons. One, he has never shown the ability to hit big league pitching. Has he a career average of .208 with a .652 OPS. He's shown the ability to walk in the minors, but not so much in the majors. They already have plenty of infielders that can't hit, why trade for another?
Another reason is that they traded a prospect for him. RHP Carlos Guzman likely won't amount to much, but if they had traded cash for McKinstry it would have lightened the load a bit.
Lastly, McKinstry likely won't be here very long. They could easily DFA him within the first two weeks of the season. This honestly feels like a pretty pointless move by Scott Harris.
We'll see what happens, but this doesn't seem like a move that's going to accomplish much of anything.