Written By Thomasville HiToms
HIGH POINT-THOMASVILLE, N.C. - Former HiToms first baseman Chris McGuiness has been promoted from Triple-A Round Rock to the Texas Rangers.
McGuiness played for the HiToms in the 2008 and 2009 seasons. The first baseman hit .305 with 14 doubles, seven home runs and 39 RBIs in 55 games in 2008, his best year in High Point-Thomasville. He posted a .406 on-base percentage and slugged .480 that season. In 2009, he batted .171/.333/.286 with a home run and seven RBIs in 11 games before leaving the team after being drafted in the 13th round by the Boston Red Sox in the MLB First-Year Player Draft.
At Triple-A Round Rock this year, McGuiness was hitting .275 with six home runs and 34 RBIs in 55 games. He owned a .382 on-base percentage and slugged .477. He is coming to the Rangers hitting .317 over his last 35 games.
McGuiness was acquired by the Rangers organization with two other players from the Red Sox on July 31, 2010 in the trade that sent Jarrod Saltalamacchia to Boston. The Indians took him in the Rule 5 Draft this winter, but despite him being named the Arizona Fall League Most Valuable Player last year, batting .283 with four home runs and 27 RBIs in 25 games for Surprise, Cleveland returned him to the Rangers at the end of Spring Training.
McGuiness will make his Major League debut at first base Friday when the Rangers play the Blue Jays at the Rogers Centre in Toronto.