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Kevin Kouzmanoff | Third Baseman

Team: Texas Rangers
Age / DOB:  (32) / 7/25/1981
Ht / Wt:  6'1' / 210
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
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Kevin Kouzmanoff went 3-for-4 with a home run and three runs batted in as the Rangers beat the Mariners on Tuesday.
Kouzmanoff, filling in for the injured Adrian Beltre, belted a solo shot off of Blake Beavan in the second inning, going back-to-back with Prince Fielder. Kouzmanoff knocked in two additional runs with a double in the eighth inning, providing some insurance. No one is expecting him to hit as well as Beltre, but he's doing a good job of it anyway in the early going, now batting .450 over 23 plate appearances. Apr 15 - 10:53 PM

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Kevin Kouzmanoff went 2-for-3 with a double in Sunday's win over the Astros.

Kouzmanoff had a strong spring and has carried that over since he was called up on Wednesday. Kouzmanoff has a hit in each of his four games, batting .417 (5-for-12) with an RBI and a run scored. With Adrian Beltre officially placed on the disabled list, Kouzmanoff should get most of the starts at the hot corner over the next few weeks.
Apr 13 - 5:37 PM

Rangers purchased the contract of 3B Kevin Kouzmanoff from Triple-A Round Rock.

Kouzmanoff was unable to gain an Opening Day roster spot even though he crushed the ball to the tune of a .370/.443/.593 batting line this spring. He'll provide depth at third base while Adrian Beltre (quad) is banged up.
Apr 9 - 1:07 PM

Rangers optioned 3B Kevin Kouzmanoff to Triple-A Round Rock.

Kouzmanoff batted .370/.443/.593 as a non-roster invitee this spring but was sent down in favor of Jim Adduci. The 32-year-old signed a minor league contract with the club in December.
Mar 29 - 5:49 PM

Kevin Kouzmanoff went 2-for-3 with a three-run home run as the Rangers defeated the Mariners 5-3 on Wednesday.

Kouzmanoff took Charlie Furbush deep in the sixth inning, his second of the spring. Kouzmanoff has quietly had a great spring, as he is now hitting .360 in 50 at-bats. He likely has won a spot on the Rangers' bench, but nothing has been announced yet.
Mar 26 - 5:41 PM

Kevin Kouzmanoff (back) was scratched from an instrasquad game lineup Monday in Rangers camp.

The issue is being called a "sore back." Kouzmanoff hasn't appeared in the major leagues since 2011. He signed a minor league contract with Texas in December.
Feb 24 - 10:33 AM

Rangers signed INF Kevin Kouzmanoff to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training.

Kouzmanoff, now 32, hasn't appeared in the majors since 2011 and played exclusively with the Marlins' Triple-A affiliate this past season. He's organization depth at this point.
Thu, Dec 12, 2013 10:46:00 AM

Kevin Kouzmanoff had a two-run homer and a double Tuesday against the Astros.

In just 20 at-bats this spring, Kouzmanoff has collected three homers and three doubles. The Marlins weren't planning on him winning a roster spot, but they might make room for him if this keeps up.
Tue, Mar 12, 2013 05:15:00 PM

Pinch-hitter Kevin Kouzmanoff delivered his second homer of the spring Sunday in the Marlins' 6-4 win over the Mets.

Kouz has three hits in eight at-bats, all of them going for extra bases. The Marlins signed Placido Polanco to start at third base, but his back is already acting up. Kouzmanoff might be the team's next best option at the position.
Sun, Mar 3, 2013 05:08:00 PM

Marlins signed 3B Kevin Kouzmanoff to a minor league contract.

The deal includes an invite to spring training. Kouzmanoff, 31, spent all of 2012 in the Royals' farm system but could push for a platoon role with Greg Dobbs in Miami. The Marlins have also signed right-hander Jordan Smith to a minor league deal.
Sat, Nov 3, 2012 02:14:00 PM

The Royals have demoted Kevin Kouzmanoff from Triple-A Omaha to Double-A Northwest Arkansas.

Kouzmanoff, who will turn 31 later this month, batted just .262/.301/.352 with no homers for Omaha. He spent much of last season in the minors, as well, and is obviously not close to returning to the big leagues.
Sun, Jul 15, 2012 11:50:00 AM

Royals reassigned INF Kevin Kouzmanoff to minor league camp.

Kouzmanoff is still a slick defender, but the Royals didn't really have much room for him on their major league roster. He went 3-for-10 in the Cactus League this spring.
Thu, Mar 29, 2012 11:26:00 PM

Royals signed 3B Kevin Kouzmanoff to a minor league contract.

The deal has a maximum value of $1 million and an additional $300,000 is available through incentives. According to ESPN's Jerry Crasnick, Kouzmanoff has the ability to opt out of the contract if he is not in the majors by May 1. He is expected to be used as third base insurance for Mike Moustakas in spring training.
Sat, Jan 14, 2012 09:28:00 AM

According to MLB.com's Jordan Bastian, the Indians have mild interest in free agent Kevin Kouzmanoff.

Bastian says the Indians were only "checking in" and that their level of interest, for now, is very minimal. Kouzmanoff posted a weak .235/.284/.372 batting line over 257 plate appearances this past season between the A's and Rockies. The 30-year-old infielder will likely have to settle for a one-year deal.
Mon, Dec 5, 2011 02:59:00 PM

The Pirates have "checked in" on free agent Kevin Kouzmanoff, according to Jenifer Langosch of MLB.com.

Kouzmanoff, 30, batted .235/.284/.372 with seven home runs, 33 RBI and a .656 OPS over 257 plate appearances this season between the Rockies and Athletics. The Pirates would like to find a backup plan in case Pedro Alvarez flames out again, but Kouzmanoff is believed to be seeking a starting job at the moment. That's probably wishful thinking on his part, though.
Mon, Nov 14, 2011 05:03:00 PM

Depth Charts

Batters
PosRoleName
C1Geovany Soto
2J.P. Arencibia
3Robinson Chirinos
1B1Prince Fielder
2B1Jurickson Profar
2Donnie Murphy
3Josh Wilson
SS1Elvis Andrus
2Luis Sardinas
3B1Adrian Beltre
2Kevin Kouzmanoff
LF1Shin-Soo Choo
2Jim Adduci
CF1Leonys Martin
2Michael Choice
RF1Alex Rios
DH1Mitch Moreland
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1Yu Darvish
2Derek Holland
3Matt Harrison
4Tanner Scheppers
5Martin Perez
6Colby Lewis
7Robbie Ross
8Joe Saunders
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Joakim Soria
2Alexi Ogando
3Neal Cotts
4Jason Frasor
5Shawn Tolleson
6Joseph Ortiz
7Pedro Figueroa
8Hector Noesi
9Aaron Poreda