James Island native Chris McGuiness had his contract purchased by the Texas Rangers and will be making his first trip to the majors the team announced Thursday afternoon. McGuiness was called up after the team placed Mitch Moreland on the 15 day disabled list.
McGuiness has spent the entire season with Triple-A Round Rock as the team's starting first baseman, batting .275 (53-193) with 6 home runs, 19 doubles, and 34 RBI over 55 games in his first action above the Double-A level. Over his last 35 games beginning April 27, McGuiness has batted .317 (40-126) with 3 home runs, 14 doubles, 21 RBI, and 18 runs scored. The left-handed batter has compiled a .286 (40-140) average against right-handed pitchers in the Pacific Coast League.
Originally acquired by Texas in a July 31, 2010 trade with Boston involving Jarrod Saltalamacchia, McGuiness was initially selected by the Red Sox in the 13th round of the 2009 June draft. Cleveland selected him from Texas in the December 6, 2012 Rule 5 Draft, and McGuiness spent the bulk of spring training with the Indians before he was returned to the Rangers on March 27. His only game for Texas this spring came on March 30 vs. San Diego at the Alamodome in San Antonio.
He was named the Arizona Fall League Most Valuable Player last year, batting .283 with 4 home runs and 27 RBI in 25 games for Surprise. McGuiness played college ball in his hometown for The Citadel. He would be the seventh player out of The Citadel to appear in the majors