ARLINGTON -- The Rangers have acquired Minor League outfielder Hunter Cole from the Giants as the player to be named in the June 6 trade for reliever Sam Dyson.The loss should not impact the Giants significantly. Cole, who has spent the past three years at Double-A Richmond, was not ranked
ARLINGTON -- The Rangers have acquired Minor League outfielder Hunter Cole from the Giants as the player to be named in the June 6 trade for reliever Sam Dyson.
The loss should not impact the Giants significantly. Cole, who has spent the past three years at Double-A Richmond, was not ranked among the club's Top 30 prospects by MLBPipeline.com.
Cole, 25, played in 83 games for Richmond this past season and batted .249 with seven home runs and 34 RBIs to go along with a a .323 on-base percentage and a .431 slugging percentage. He hit .307 with an .892 OPS in his final 33 games.
"He's a big, physical corner outfielder with strength in his bat," Rangers assistant general manager Josh Boyd said. "He's a solid defender with an above average arm. He finished the year really strong with close to a .900 OPS in the second half, and we're looking forward to getting our arms around him here."
Cole has been assigned to Triple-A Round Rock and will have to be added to the 40-man roster by Monday or he will be eligible for selection in the Rule 5 Draft.
Cole was originally selected as a third baseman by the Giants in the 26th round of the 2014 MLB Draft out of the University of Georgia. He was switched to the outfield, where he has played right field the past three seasons in Richmond because of a plus throwing arm. In three years at Richmond, Cole had a .269 batting average, a .324 on-base percentage and a .432 slugging percentage.
Dyson led the Rangers with 38 saves in 2016, but he was traded after going 1-6 with a 10.80 ERA in 17 games to begin the 2017 season. Dyson appeared in 38 games with the Giants, and he had 14 saves in 17 chances, a 4.03 ERA and a 1.42 WHIP.
T.R. Sullivan has covered the Rangers since 1989, and for MLB.com since 2006. Follow him on Twitter @Sullivan_Ranger and listen to his podcast.