Chris McGuiness picks up defensive award

Former Citadel standout Chris McGuiness is currently playing for the Class A Myrtle Beach Pelicans.

First baseman Chris McGuiness from The Citadel was named defender of the month for April in the Texas Rangers' farm system.

McGuiness handled 163 chances without an error in the first 18 games of the season, tied for the best fielding percentage in the Carolina League. At the plate, he's batting .282 with one home run and 10 RBIs for Class A Myrtle Beach.

McGuiness, who also played at James Island High School, was drafted by Boston out of The Citadel and last year was traded, along with two other players, to Texas for catcher Jarrod Saltaalmacchia.

Around the bases

--After a slow start, outfielder Justin Greene (Stratford HS/Francis Marion) is coming on strong at Class AA Birmingham in the White Sox system.

A 20th-round draft pick in 2008, Greene has hit .351 over the last 10 games, with four doubles, a triple and two homers in that stretch. That pushed him to .289 with three homers and 12 RBIs for the season.

--Pitcher Graham Godfrey (College of Charleston), off to a terrific start with Class AAA Sacramento, was placed on the seven-day disabled list last week. No reason was given. Godfrey is 4-0 with a 2.14 ERA.

--Pitcher Heath Hembree (College of Charleston) is making noise in the Giants' system. Hembree has 11 saves and an 0.66 ERA for Class A San Jose, with seven walks against 24 strikeouts in 13 2/3 innings.

Hembree, a 6-4, 210-pound right-hander, was drafted in the fifth round last year, and in 2010 had three saves and an 0.82 ERA in 12 appearances, with no walks and 22 strikeouts.

For his minor-league career, he's got just seven walks and 46 strikeouts.

--Pitcher Asher Wojciechowski (The Citadel) bounced back from two rough starts with a good outing at Fort Myers on Friday night. Wojciechowski gave up six hits and one earned run over six innings, walking one and striking out seven, to improve to 3-2 with a 3.53 ERA for Class A Dunedin.

--Bad news for White Sox third baseman Mark Teahen could be good news for Dallas McPherson (The Citadel), who is hitting .307 with the White Sox's AAA team in Charlotte.

Teahen has a strain of the right oblique and could be headed to the disabled list.

"If he's not ready in next two days, then we got to do something about it," Chicago manager Ozzie Guillen told the Chicago Tribune on Friday. "I'd rather wait to see if he gets better than make a move and wait another 15 days to get him back."

McPherson, who has three homers and 16 RBIs in 30 games at Charlotte, could be an option for the Sox.

--Pitcher Mike Cisco (Wando HS/USC) is 3-0 with a 1.46 ERA out of the bullpen at Class AA Reading and earned some praise from his manager.

"Good things have happened when he's come into games," manager Mark Parent told the Republican Herald. "He's pitched well, and we've sort of rallied behind him at times. Almost every time he's been out ... he's fast-paced, he's throwing strikes, the game goes."