There may be too much snow on the ground to even fathom baseball right now, but it’s just over a month until the Winnipeg Goldeyes open training camp.
And on Friday Fish manager Rick Forney announced the signing of veteran infielder Tyler Kuhn, a man who should bring some experience to the lineup.
The 27-year-old played 111 games last year at both the Class AA and Class AAA levels in both the Colorado Rockies and Arizona Diamondbacks systems. Kuhn played 61 games in the Rockies system with Tulsa of the Class AA Texas League, hitting .233 with one home run and 22 RBI. He started the year with Reno in the Class AAA Pacific Coast League, part of the Diamondbacks system, batting .244 with a homer and 11 RBI in 50 games. He spent spring training with the Rockies earlier this month
"We’re thrilled to have another experienced player added to our team and another left-handed bat," Forney said in a press release. "He’s a career .295 hitter that has a lot of doubles and stolen bases. He has a lot of versatility to play multiple positions on the field, which certainly is attractive to us."
Kuhn has played both left and right field, second and third base and shortstop during his career and enjoyed a huge 2011 season in the Chicago White Sox organization with Class AA Birmingham of the Southern League. He finished second in the league with a .341 batting average, third in on-base percentage with .401 and third in triples with 10. Following the season, he was named the best hitter for average in the White Sox organization by Baseball America.
Kuhn was drafted in the 15th round of the 2008 MLB amateur draft by the White Sox and played five seasons in their system. He was traded to Arizona in 2012 for cash considerations and joined the Rockies last June after being released by the Diamondbacks. He has played the last four seasons at Class AA or Class AAA.
The Goldeyes now have 24 players signed for the 2014 season, including 12 pitchers and 12 position players and are scheduled to open training camp on May 3 at Shaw Park as part of their open house event.