Lowcountry native Chris McGuiness was selected with the 5th overall pick of the MLB Rule 5 Draft by the Cleveland Indians during the Winter Meetings on Thursday.
It caps off what has been a breakout season for the James Island native. The 24 year old hit .268 with 23 HR's and 77 RBI for Double-A Frisco of the Texas Rangers organization this year. He followed that up by winning the MVP of the Arizona Fall League after hitting .283 with 4 HR's and a league leading 27 RBI.
Under the rules of the Rule 5 Draft, the Indians must pay the Rangers $50,000 for McGuiness' rights and they must keep him on their 40 man roster all season or else offer him back to Texas for $25,000.
McGuiness spent 2 and a half seasons in the Texas organization after being acquired in a draft day trade with the Boston Red Sox in 2010. Boston selected him with a 13th round pick in the 2009 draft out of The Citadel.
In three seasons with the Bulldogs, McGuiness played in 154 games with 140 starts. He had career totals of 157 hits in 510 at bats (.308 average) with 34 doubles, 27 homers, 108 runs scored, 123 RBIs and 122 walks. He was named 1st team All-SoCon his final as he lead the country in walks.