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Goldeyes add veteran infielder for 2014 season

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It's never a bad thing for a baseball manager to have a veteran or two in his lineup to help steer the ship.

And on Friday, Fish skipper Rick Forney announced the signing of 27-year-old infielder Tyler Kuhn, a man who should bring some experience to the lineup.

Kuhn played 111 games last year at the double-A and triple-A levels in both the Colorado Rockies' and Arizona Diamondbacks' systems. In 61 games in the Rockies' system with Tulsa of the double-A Texas League, he hit .233 with one home run and 22 RBI. Kuhn started the year with Reno in the triple-A 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 double-A 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.

 

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition March 29, 2014 C5

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