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Rangers select RHP Coty Woods in Rule 5 Draft

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The Texas Rangers have made the following announcements today:

  • Selected RHP Coty Woods from the Colorado Rockies’ Triple-A roster in the major league phase of this morning’s Rule 5 Draft
  • Selected INF Marquez Smith from Cincinnati’s Double-A Pensacola roster in the Triple-A phase of this morning’s draft.
  • Sent RHP Wilfredo Boscan to the San Diego Padres as the player to be named later in the November 28 trade for right-handed pitcher Cory Burns.
  • Have agreed to terms with the following four players to minor league contracts with invitations to major league spring training: 1B/DH Brandon Allen, RHP Jake Brigham, RHP Evan Meek, and RHP Randy Wells.

Boscan, 23, was originally signed by Texas as a non-drafted free agent on July 10, 2006.  He spent last year with Frisco (AA), going 7-5 with a 3.75 ERA (41 ER/98.1 IP)

Woods, 24, was selected by Texas with the 24th pick in the major league phase of the draft. The right-hander combined to go 4-4 with a 3.20 ERA (20 ER/56.1 IP) and 27 saves between Double-A Tulsa and Triple-A Colorado Springs. Woods led all Colorado farmhands in saves this season and held right-handed batters to a .256 average (34-133) with just 6 extra-base hits (4 2B, 2 HR). In the Arizona Fall League, Woods went 1-0 with a 3.18 ERA (4 ER/11.1 IP) and 2 saves over 10 relief appearances with Salt River and was chosen to play in the AFL Rising Stars game.

Baseball America tabbed the right-hander as Colorado's 29th-best prospect entering this season, following a 2011 campaign that saw him compile a 35.1-inning scoreless streak while allowing just 4 home runs in 78.0 innings of work with High-A Modesto in the California League. The Tennessee native was selected by Colorado in the 33rd round of the 2009 June Draft out of Middle Tennessee State.

In the Triple-A phase of this morning’s draft, the Rangers selected infielder Marquez Smith from Cincinnati’s Double-A Pensacola roster.  Smith, 27, had signed with Cincinnati as a minor league free agent on November 9 after splitting the 2012 season between Campeche in the Mexican League and Double-A Portland in the Boston organization. Smith began the 2012 season in the Chicago Cubs organization and was released on March 28 prior to joining Campeche, where he batted .261 (12-46) with one home run and 6 RBI in 12 games. The Clemson product signed a minor league contract with Boston on June 16 and hit .293 (82-280) with 22 doubles, 8 home runs and 37 RBI in 83 games with Portland. Smith was originally selected by the Cubs in the 8th round of the 2007 June draft.

Allen, 26, appeared in 10 games in the majors last year with Oakland and Tampa Bay.  He has a career .203 average in 116 major league games with Arizona, Oakland, and Tampa Bay.  He appeared in 43 games in the minors in the Rays organization last season and also played for the Fukuoka Softbank Hawks in the Japanese Pacific League.

Brigham, 24, was non-tendered by the Rangers on Friday.  He had been re-acquired from Chicago-NL in a November 20 trade.  The Rangers had sent Brigham to the Cubs in the July 31 trade involving Geovany Soto.  He combined to go 5-7 with a 4.72 ERA (67 ER/127.2 IP) in 23 games/starts last season for Frisco (AA) and Tennessee (AA) and was placed on the disabled list on August 9 for the remainder of the season with a right elbow strain.

Meek, 29, has spent his entire big league career in the Pittsburgh organization, where he was an All-Star in 2008.  He appeared in 12 games for the Pirates last season, posting no record while allowing 9 runs in 12.0 innings.  He spent the balance of the season with Indianapolis (AAA), going 3-2 with a 2.74 ERA (14 ER/46.0 IP) in 36 relief outings.  Meek has gone 7-7 with a 3.34 ERA (64 ER/172.2 IP) over 156 relief appearances in the majors with Pittsburgh from 2008-12.

Wells, 30, appeared in 12 games with the Cubs last season, going 1-2 with a 5.34 ERA (17 ER/28.2 IP).  He also made 9 starts for Iowa (AAA) in 2012, going 3-3 with a 7.89 ERA (38 ER/43.1 IP).  In his major league career, Wells is 28-32 with a 4.08 ERA (240 ER/529.0 IP) in 98 games/86 starts for Toronto (2008) and Chicago-NL (2008-12). 

The Rangers lost two players to other clubs in today’s drafting: 1B Chris McGuiness and 3B Tommy Mendonca.

McGuiness was chosen by Cleveland with the 5th selection in the Major League phase of the draft. The 24-year-old batted .268 (122-456) with 25 doubles, 23 home runs, and 77 RBI in 123 games with Double-A Frisco. The left-handed batter and thrower earned MVP honors in the Arizona Fall League, hitting .283 (26-92) with 5 doubles, 4 home runs, and 27 RBI over 25 games with the Surprise Saguaros. McGuiness was acquired from Boston, along with RHP Roman Mendez and C Michael Thomas, in exchange for C Jarrod Saltalamacchia in July 31, 2010.

Mendonca, 24, split the 2012 campaign between Triple-A Round Rock and Double-A Frisco, combining to hit .229 (76-332) with 12 home runs and 51 RBI. The left-handed batter and right-handed thrower was a non-roster invitee to Major League camp in 2012. He was selected by Texas in the 2nd round of the 2009 June draft out of Fresno State.

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