|Born: April 11, 1988
Drafted: 13th Round, 408th Overall, 2000 (Red Sox)
How Acquired: Trade from Rangers (for Miles Mikolas)
College: The Citadel
WTM’S PIRATE PLAYER PROFILES
|McGuiness wasn’t drafted out of high school, but was a 12th round selection of the Red Sox out of college. He’s strictly a first baseman, as he isn’t athletic and has well below average speed. He is, however, considered good defensively at first. As a hitter he’s polished and has had consistently good to excellent strikeout and walk rates. His power is still open to question, as it’s only emerged when he was an older player in low A and in a good HR park in AA. The only time he’s made a Baseball America prospect list was during his brief stay with Cleveland, which had a weak farm system. McGuiness’ platoon splits have been variable in the minors, with no overall pattern of hitting RHPs better than LHPs.
McGuiness hit respectably in his short season debut, but didn’t dominate.
In low A, McGuiness had a strong three months. It has to be remembered, though, that he was a little overage for the league. Pirates’ prospect Matt Curry, to take one example, dominated the same league to a much greater extent, but stalled out (so far) in AA. At the trade deadline, Boston sent McGuiness to Texas in the deal for Jarrod Saltalamacchia. Texas sent McGuiness to high A, where he hit decently in the hitting-happy California League. Overall, he had a .930 OPS against RHPs and .800 against LHPs. After the season, Baseball America did not rank McGuiness as one of the top 30 prospects in a very strong Rangers system.
McGuiness spent the season struggling with oblique, back and knee injuries. When he was able to play, Texas sent him to their high A affiliate (now in the Carolina League), where he struggled.
McGuiness bounced back with a good season in AA. Some of his success probably depended on his home park at Frisco in the Texas League. Frisco played as a strong HR park, although not a strong overall hitters park. He hit 18 of his 23 HRs there. His platoon split was minimal. After the season, Cleveland selected McGuiness in the major league portion of the Rule 5 draft when Texas did not add him to its 40-man roster.
Cleveland returned McGuiness to the Rangers at the end of spring training and the Rangers sent him to AAA. He continued to show good plate discipline there, but his power dropped off to subpar levels for a player limited to firstbase. He had a significant reverse platoon split. McGuiness struggled in a brief callup in June. The Rangers designated him for assignment in December after they signed Shin-Soo Choo, then traded him to the Pirates.
McGuiness hasn’t exactly excited either scouts or the organizations he’s been with, so it wouldn’t be a good idea to be too optimistic about him. At the time they acquired him, the Pirates still hadn’t addressed their need for a left-handed hitting first baseman. McGuiness figures to be more of a depth option or fallback than a potential platoon partner for Gaby Sanchez.
UPDATE: McGuiness spent the 2014 season in AAA and hit about the same as he had in 2013. The Pirates designated him for assignment on September 1 to clear roster space for John Holdzkom.
|2014: Major League Minimum
|Signing Bonus: $100,000
MiLB Debut: 2009
MLB Debut: 6/7/2013
MiLB FA Eligible: N/A
MLB FA Eligible: 2020
Rule 5 Eligible: N/A
Added to 40-Man: December 6, 2012
Options Remaining: 1 (USED: 2013, 2014)
MLB Service Time: 0.013
|June 9, 2009: Drafted by the Boston Red Sox in the 12th round, 408th overall pick; signed on June 24.
July 31, 2010: Traded by the Boston Red Sox with Roman Mendez, Michael Thomas and cash to the Texas Rangers for Jarrod Saltalamacchia.
December 6, 2012: Selected by the Cleveland Indians in the Rule 5 draft.
March 27, 2013: Returned by the Cleveland Indians to the Texas Rangers.
June 6, 2013: Called up by the Texas Rangers.
December 27, 2013: Designated for assignment by the Texas Rangers.
December 30, 2013: Traded by the Texas Rangers to the Pittsburgh Pirates for Miles Mikolas.
September 1, 2014: Designated for assignment by the Pittsburgh Pirates.