There has been quite the exodus of former Oakland A’s players heading overseas to resurrect their careers. David MacKinnon is the latest to join that group.
According to Ken Rosenthal, MacKinnon is heading to Japan. He has signed a contract with the Seibu Lions for the 2023 season in hopes that he can earn another chance at the majors.
David MacKinnon looking to resurrect career
MacKinnon finally made his major league debut last season but did nothing to establish himself. He had 57 plate appearances between the A’s and Angels, collecting seven hits while driving in six runs. Not only was his strikeout rate high as he struck out in 29.7% of his plate appearances, but he did nothing when he did make contact as he managed a 20.6% hard hit rate.
He has a much better track record in the minors. MacKinnon has a .294/.412/.464 batting line in his 1527 minor league plate appearances, hitting 36 homers and 91 doubles. He showed an excellent approach at the plate, drawing 240 walks with just 280 strikeouts. That type of performance is enough to intrigue.
Such is the case with the Lions. MacKinnon’s impressive plate discipline in the minors, and his respectable pop, make him someone that could be a star in Japan. It is also possible that, with some work on his swing, he could tap into his power more frequently.
A strong showing in Japan could also lead to opportunities stateside. MacKinnon is just 28 years old and still has plenty of time to establish himself. If he can perform well in Japan, and possibly get more time at third base, he could find himself with a major league opportunity once again.
David MacKinnon is the latest of the former Oakland A’s to head overseas. The first baseman has signed with the Seibu Lions for 2023.