Chris McGuiness

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Chris McGuiness
Free agent
First baseman
Born: (1988-04-11) April 11, 1988 (age 26)
Charleston, South Carolina
Bats: Left Throws: Left
MLB debut
June 7, 2013 for the Texas Rangers
Career statistics
(through 2014 season)
Batting average .176
Hits 6
Home runs 0
Runs batted in 1

Christopher Ryan McGuiness (born April 11, 1988) is an American professional baseball player. A first baseman who is a free agent. He made his Major League Baseball (MLB) debut with the Texas Rangers during the 2013 season.


McGuiness attended James Island High School and The Citadel, The Military College of South Carolina. He played college baseball for The Citadel Bulldogs baseball team. The Boston Red Sox drafted him in the 13th round of the 2009 Major League Baseball Draft.[1][2] He signed, foregoing his senior season.[3]

During the 2010 season, the Red Sox traded McGuiness with Román Méndez to the Texas Rangers for Jarrod Saltalamacchia.[4] After the 2012 season, McGuiness competed in the Arizona Fall League, and was named the circuit's most valuable player.[1] The Cleveland Indians selected McGuiness in the 2012 Rule 5 draft.[2] In spring training, the Indians tested McGuiness in the outfield to increase his versatility.[5] The Indians returned McGuiness to the Rangers at the end of spring training.[6] McGuinness was Frisco Roughriders', Rangers' Class AA affiliate, everyday first baseman for the entire 2012 season, hitting .268 with 23 home runs and 77 RBI in 123 games.

McGuiness started the 2013 season with the Triple-A Round Rock Express, and the Rangers promoted him to the major leagues on June 6 when first baseman Mitch Moreland was placed on the 15-day disabled list.[7]

The Rangers designated McGuiness for assignment after the 2013 season to make room on their 40-man roster for Shin-Soo Choo. The Rangers traded McGuiness to the Pittsburgh Pirates for Miles Mikolas.[8]

He was optioned to the Triple-A Indianapolis Indians on March 21, 2014. McGuiness elected free agency in October 2014.[9]


  1. ^ a b "Rangers' Chris McGuiness named Arizona Fall League MVP | News". Retrieved December 7, 2012. 
  2. ^ a b "Indians select 1B Chris McGuiness in Rule 5 draft". Retrieved December 7, 2012. 
  3. ^ "Bulldogs' McGuiness to sign with Red Sox – The Post and Courier". June 17, 2009. Retrieved December 7, 2012. 
  4. ^ "Saltalamacchia nets Texas two prospects | News". Retrieved September 2, 2012. 
  5. ^ Chuck Crow, PD. "Chris McGuiness' time with Cleveland Indians could be brief for Rule 5 prospect". Retrieved June 6, 2013. 
  6. ^ "Texas Rangers return RHP Coty Woods to Rockies, get 1B Chris McGuiness back from Indians | Texas Rangers Blog". March 27, 2013. Retrieved June 6, 2013. 
  7. ^ "Rangers put Mitch Moreland on DL, add Chris McGuiness | HardballTalk". June 6, 2013. Retrieved June 6, 2013. 
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  9. ^ Polishuk, Mark (October 6, 2014). "Players Who Have Elected Minor League Free Agency". Retrieved October 6, 2014. 

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