Christopher Ryan McGuiness (born April 11, 1988) is an American former professional baseball first baseman. He played in Major League Baseball (MLB) for the Texas Rangers in 2013.

Chris McGuiness
First baseman
Born: (1988-04-11) April 11, 1988 (age 31)
Charleston, South Carolina
Batted: Left Threw: Left
MLB debut
June 7, 2013, for the Texas Rangers
Last MLB appearance
June 17, 2013, for the Texas Rangers
MLB statistics
Batting average.176
Home runs0
Runs batted in1


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.

Boston Red SoxEdit

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]

Texas RangersEdit

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]

Cleveland IndiansEdit

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]

Return To RangersEdit

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.

Pittsburgh PiratesEdit

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]

Philadelphia PhilliesEdit

On December 22, 2014, he signed a minor league contract with the Philadelphia Phillies, receiving an invitation to spring training.[12] He became a free agent after the 2015 season.

Personal lifeEdit

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". Archived from the original on March 30, 2012. 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. Archived from the original on December 26, 2014. Retrieved January 30, 2015.

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