Arlington, Texas – The Texas Rangers announced today that the club has acquired minor league infielder Mitch Hilligoss and cash considerations from the New York Yankees in exchange for outfielder Greg Golson. Golson had been designated for assignment on Thursday when Texas signed infielder Khalil Greene.
Hilligoss, 24, has a career .275 average over 4 professional seasons in the Yankees organization. He was originally selected by New York-AL in the sixth round of the 2006 June draft out of Purdue. He has played primarily third base and shortstop in his pro career, but also saw action at first base in 2009. He batted .233 with 14 RBI in 51 games last season for High-A Tampa in the Florida State League, missing time with a broken right hand.
Hilligoss had a South Atlantic League record 38-game hitting streak from April 18-June 1, 2007, which at the time was the longest hit streak in all of minor league baseball since 1961. Another player at the Triple-A level bettered Hilligoss’ streak later that June. He has also been named his league’s All-Star Game MVP on two occasions.
Golson, 24, played the bulk of last season at Triple-A Oklahoma City, but appeared in one game for the Rangers during a brief stint in the big leagues May 4-8. He batted .258 with 2 home runs, 17 doubles, 8 triples, and 40 RBI in 123 games for the RedHawks, going 20-for-24 in steal attempts. He had been acquired by Texas in a trade with Philadelphia on Nov. 20, 2008.
The Milwaukee Brewers acquired infielder Joe Inglett from the Texas Rangers on a waiver claim Tuesday. Inglett had been designated for assignment by Texas on Monday to make room on the 40-man roster for Colby Lewis.
Inglett, 31, was acquired by Texas on a waiver claim from Toronto on Dec. 4. He batted .281 (25-89) with 4 doubles, one triple, and 6 RBI in 36 games for the Blue Jays in 2009. He has a career .293 average in the majors over in 211 games with Cleveland (2006) and Toronto (2007-09).