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Rangers’ Chris McGuiness named Arizona Fall League MVP

Nov 17, 2012, 5:30 PM EDT

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This year’s class of participants in the Arizona Fall League included some big names like Reds speedster Billy Hamilton and Mariners prospect catcher Mike Zunino, but a lesser-known prospect ended up taking home the league’s Joe Black MVP Award. According to Jonathan Mayo of MLB.com, Rangers first base prospect Chris McGuiness was presented with the award prior to this afternoon’s title game between the Salt River Rafters and Peoria Javelinas.

McGuiness batted .283/.370/.467 with four home runs, five doubles and an .838 OPS over 25 AFL games while leading the league with 27 RBI. The 24-year-old amassed six three-RBI games and seven multi-hit games. Rockies’ third base prospect Nolan Arenado took home MVP honors last year while previous winners include current major leaguers Dustin Ackley, Tommy Hanson and Sam Fuld.

McGuiness, a 13th round pick in 2009, was acquired from the Red Sox in July of 2010 as part of the Jarrod Saltalamacchia deal. He batted .268/.366/.474 with 23 home runs, 77 RBI and an .840 OPS over 123 games with Double-A Frisco this season. While he’s not considered one of the team’s top prospects, his strong performance in the AFL will likely help his case for the Rangers to add him to their 40-man roster in advance of December’s Rule 5 Draft.

  1. approvenothing - Nov 17, 2012 at 6:10 PM

    I always tend to forget, even as a Rangers fan, just how loaded the Rangers farm system is. Even though our big league roster is pretty powerful, we should always have a second option in our minor league system.

    • iamjimmyjack - Nov 17, 2012 at 8:28 PM

      your major league team/minor leage system is stacked…reminds me of the Dodgers farm in the 80’s/90’s…you have alot to look forward to as a Ranger fan even though Josh is walking in free agency. You guys will be like the Cardinals after they lost Pujols.

      • approvenothing - Nov 17, 2012 at 8:38 PM

        Cept hopefully with less injuries…

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