Texas Rangers: Arizona Fall League
"It feels nice to do something like that," Nicholas told MLB.com's Jonathan Mayo. "It's an honor to be a part of this. Some of the guys in there, the Byron Buxtons, the Kris Bryants, those guys are incredible players. Just to be able to be out here and competing with and against them, it's a great experience. It's something I obviously want to keep doing for a long time. Hopefully I can put my name out there and continue to do that."
Nicholas, a sixth-round pick in the 2010 draft, hit .289 with 21 homers and 91 RBIs for Double-A Frisco in 2013. He was drafted as a catcher, but played more at first base. He said he's going to the Dominican to catch fulltime after the Fall League is over.
"It's something that I believe if I can do, it will make me a little better of a prospect for the Rangers and maybe a little more valuable for them," Nicholas told MLB.com. "Hopefully, some day I can break that 25-man roster."
The 24-year-old Rangers' prospect led the league with 27 RBIs and hit .283 with four home runs in 25 games. The left-handed hitter also had a .370 on-base percentage and a .467 slugging percentage.
McGuiness had six three-RBI games and seven multi-hit games, with his best one coming Oct. 10, when he was 4-for-5 with a double and a home run. McGuiness was also the AFL's week one player of the week.
McGuiness was taken in the 13th round by Boston in the 2009 draft and was dealt to Texas at the trade deadline in 2010 in a deal for catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia. He hit .268 with 23 home runs and 77 RBIs in 123 games for Double-A Frisco last season.
“Ron has become one of the most respected managers in baseball,” said Fall League director Steve Cobb, “and we’re indebted to him for playing a role in the crucial early years of the Fall League.”
Washington, a two-time Arizona Fall League hitting coach (1992 Sun Cities Solar Sox, 1993 Tucson Javelinas), guided Texas to back-to-back American League pennants and World Series appearances in 2010–11. From 2008-11, he became the first manager in Rangers’ history to increase his team’s win total in four consecutive seasons.
In six seasons at the Texas helm, Washington boasts a 520-452 record that is to the highest managerial winning percentage (.794) in Rangers’ history (minimum of two full seasons). He also remains the only manager in Rangers franchise history to win a postseason series. His postseason record is 18-16.
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