Originally written on Pirates Prospects  |  Last updated 10/13/14
JOHN McDONALD SHORTSTOP Born: September 24, 1974 Height: 5’9″ Weight: 180 Bats: Right Throws: Right Drafted: 12th Round, 363rd Overall, 1996 (Indians) How Acquired: Trade for PTBNL (from Diamondbacks) College: Providence College Agent: SFX WTM’S PIRATE PLAYER PROFILES McDonald has made a career as a utility infielder with a very good glove and an exceptionally poor bat.  Even at age 37 in 2012, both UZR and the +/- system rate him as well above average defensively at short.  He’s also spent time at second and third.  At the plate, he’s only once had an OPS+ above 79 (93 in 2010), with an anemic career mark of 61.  He doesn’t hit for average or power, and seldom walks.  The Pirates, apparently unsatisfied with their utility infield options, acquired McDonald for a PTBNL or cash from Arizona, which was looking to move him and his contract in favor of younger players. 1996 A-:  270/354/331, 278 AB, 11 2B, 2 HR, 32 BB, 49 K, 11-12 SB In his debut, McDonald played sho...
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