Chris McGuiness

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Chris McGuiness
Free agent
First baseman
Born: (1988-04-11) April 11, 1988 (age 29)
Charleston, South Carolina
Bats: Left Throws: Left
MLB debut
June 7, 2013, for the Texas Rangers
MLB statistics
(through 2014 season)
Batting average .176
Home runs 0
Runs batted in 1

Christopher Ryan McGuiness (born April 11, 1988) is an American professional baseball player who is currently 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 in James Island, South Carolina, 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] Rather than add McGuiness on their active roster, the Indians returned McGuiness to the Rangers at the end of spring training.[6] McGuinness was the everyday first baseman for the Frisco Roughriders of the Class AA Texas League for the 2012 season, hitting .268 with 23 home runs and 77 RBIs in 123 games.

McGuiness started the 2013 season with the Round Rock Express of the Class AAA Pacific Coast League, 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] He made his major league debut on June 7. McGuiness played in 10 games for the Rangers, collecting six hits and one run batted in. Moreland returned to the Rangers on June 18, and the Rangers demoted McGuiness to Round Rock.[8]

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.[9] The Pirates optioned McGuiness to the Indianapolis Indians of the Class AAA International League out of spring training. After the completion of the Class AAA season, the Pirates designated McGuiness for assignment so that they could promote John Holdzkom to the major leagues.[10] McGuiness elected free agency in October 2014.[11] On December 22, 2014, he signed a minor league contract with the Philadelphia Phillies, receiving an invitation to spring training.[12]

Personal life[edit]

McGuiness has an older brother, Brian, who also played baseball at James Island and at the College of Charleston.[8]


  1. ^ a b Mayo, Jonathan (November 17, 2012). "Rangers' Chris McGuiness named Arizona Fall League MVP". Retrieved December 7, 2012. 
  2. ^ a b Ingraham, Jim (December 6, 2012). "Indians select 1B Chris McGuiness in Rule 5 draft". The News-Herald. Cleveland, Ohio. Retrieved December 7, 2012. 
  3. ^ Hartsell, Jeff (June 17, 2009). "Bulldogs' McGuiness to sign with Red Sox". The Post and Courier. Charleston, South Carolina. Retrieved December 7, 2012. 
  4. ^ Sullivan, T. R. (July 31, 2010). "Saltalamacchia nets Texas two prospects". Retrieved September 2, 2012. 
  5. ^ Hoynes, Paul (March 15, 2013). "Chris McGuiness' time with Cleveland Indians could be brief for Rule 5 prospect". The Plain Dealer. Cleveland, Ohio. Retrieved June 6, 2013. 
  6. ^ Fraley, Gerry (March 27, 2013). "Texas Rangers return RHP Coty Woods to Rockies, get 1B Chris McGuiness back from Indians | Texas Rangers Blog". The Dallas Morning News. Retrieved June 6, 2013. 
  7. ^ Gleeman, Aaron (June 6, 2013). "Rangers put Mitch Moreland on DL, add Chris McGuiness". HardballTalk. NBC Sports. Retrieved June 6, 2013. 
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  9. ^ "Texas Rangers trade 1B Chris McGuiness for Pirates P Miles Mikolas". The Dallas Morning News. December 30, 2013. Retrieved January 30, 2015. 
  10. ^ Zeise, Paul (September 2, 2014). "Pirates notebook: Some roster moves made, more to follow". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Retrieved January 30, 2015. 
  11. ^ Polishuk, Mark (October 6, 2014). "Players Who Have Elected Minor League Free Agency". Retrieved October 6, 2014. 
  12. ^ Seidman, Corey (December 22, 2014). "Phillies invite 3 more players to spring training". Comcast SportsNet Philadelphia. Retrieved January 30, 2015. 

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