Rangers release SS Pete Kozma from Triple-A contract

ARLINGTON, TX - JULY 05: Ranger infielder Pete Kozma (38) bats in the game between the Boston Red Sox and the Texas Rangers on July 5th, 2017 at Globe Life Park in Arlington, Tx. (Photo by John Bunch/Icon Sportswire)
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The Texas Rangers have released shortstop Pete Kozma from his contract with Triple-A Round Rock, according to Rangers’ executive vice president of communications John Blake.

The Rangers selected Kozma off of waivers from the New York Yankees back in April.

In 39 games between Texas and New York, Kozma registered a miserable slash line of .111/.178/.378 with one home run and two RBI over 51 plate appearances.

The meat of those plate appearances (41) came with the Rangers.

At Triple-A Round Rock, Kozma was slashing .300/.333/.400 with two RBI across 42 trips to the dish.

The 29-year-old was originally selected by the St. Louis Cardinals in the first round (18th pick overall) of the 2007 MLB June Amateur Draft.

He made his major-league debut in 2011, playing in 16 games and managing three hits in 22 plate appearances.

The following season, Kozma slashed .333/.383/.569 while connecting with two long balls and driving in 14 runs over a small sample size of 82 trips to the plate.

Kozma was then given a much larger opportunity in 2013, as the Tulsa, Okla., native took the field for 143 games but did not take advantage of his chance, posting a meager slash line of .217/.275/.273 with just one home run, 20 doubles and 35 RBI across 448 plate appearances.

After a couple of more unproductive seasons with the Cardinals, Kozma signed with the Yankees as a free agent in November 2015.

He played mostly in the minor leagues with New York, amassing only 10 plate appearances with the Bronx Bombers on the big-league level.

The Rangers entered play on Sunday with a record of 56-59 and sat two losses behind the Minnesota Twins for the second Wild Card spot in the American League.

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