Magruder Makes Major League Debut
Sept. 5, 2001
Former Husky baseball star Chris Magruder made his Major League debut Tuesday nightfor the Texas Rangers, scoring the game's tying run in the bottom of the ninth as Texasbeat Minnesota, 6-5, in Arlington, Texas.
Magruder, from Yakima's West Valley High, was traded to the Rangers by the Giants thissummer along with two minor league pitchers in exchange for veteran slugger AndresGalarraga.
After being drafted by the Giants in the second round of the draft following the 1998season, Magruder had spent the last three and half years in the San Francisco system,mainly with AA Shreveport (La.) and AAA Fresno. This season, he batted .311 in triple-A,belting 21 doubles and 15 home runs. Since going to the Rangers, he had hit .362 with 14doubles and five home runs in 127 at bats with triple-A Oklahoma.
Statistically, Magruder may be the best player in Washington history. He was a three-timeAll-Pac-10 North first-teamer and a first-team All-American as a junior in 1998, his lastseason as a Husky. He batted over .400 twice and is still UW career leader in at bats, runs,doubles, triples, stolen bases and walks, despite playing only three seasons. Among three-year players, his 225 career runs scored are most in Pac-10 history.
Magruder also helped the Huskies to three Pac-10 North titles and two overall conferencechampionships in 1997 and 1998. In career postseason play, the leadoff man batted .515(35-for-68) with 27 runs and 17 RBI in 16 games. He hit safely in all but the first of his 16career postseason games.
At Texas, he's expected to split time in center and right field for the remainder of thisseason. He joins former Husky pitcher Aaron Myette on the Rangers' roster. Myette, whoearned his first Major League victory last month at Yankee Stadium, was a member of thesame recruiting class as Magruder, playing the 1996 season at Washington.
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