Minor Moves: Kasey Kiker, Mitch Hilligoss

The latest minor moves from around MLB…

  • The Rangers released former first rounder Kasey Kiker, according to MLB.com's T.R. Sullivan (on Twitter). Kiker, the 12th overall selection in 2006, posted a 4.53 ERA with 9.2 K/9 and 5.2 BB/9 in six minor league seasons. However, the 24-year-old walked 52 batters in 44 2/3 innings at Class A this past season.
  • The Rangers also released Mitch Hilligoss, according to Anthony Andro of FOXSportsSouthwest.com (on Twitter). The 26-year-old infielder hit .258/.304/.358 in 465 plate appearances for Texas' Single and Double-A affiliates this year. The Rangers acquired him from the Yankees for Greg Golson nearly two years ago, and once upon a time he was part of the Johan Santana trade talks.

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5 Comments on "Minor Moves: Kasey Kiker, Mitch Hilligoss"

3 years 8 months ago

One of the worst picks by Daniels staff… could have drafted local boy Kyle Drabek instead unknown smallish left hander

3 years 8 months ago

Agreed. This may go down as the worst draft pick during the JD era. Multiple top talent players still on the board, but for whatever reason (ownership/money problems, bad recruiting, etc) JD went with Kiker. Hopefully he can get things together with a different team though.

3 years 8 months ago

You can’t blame Daniels as the pick was during Hicks time when finances were short and the Rangers sometimes picked the safe signing over the bonus baby.

3 years 8 months ago

Kiker could still develop into a lefty middle-reliever. Cardinals should check in.

3 years 8 months ago

If the Rangers wouldn’t have taken Kiker, another team would have drafted him with a high pick.  There’s a lot of luck involved.  The Cardinals certainly didn’t have a crystal ball when they let Pujols slide 12 rounds.