Rangers claim Koshansky off waivers
First baseman outrighted due to being blocked by Helton in Colorado
PHOENIX, Ariz. -- Blocked by the presence of veteran Todd Helton with the Rockies, Joe Koshansky was freed when the Rangers claimed him off outright waivers.
Koshansky hit .300 with 31 home runs and a Pacific Coast League-leading 121 RBIs last season. With the Rockies, he hit .211 with three home runs, three doubles and eight RBIs in 18 games.
Koshansky, who turns 27 on May 26, hit .241 with a home run and seven RBIs in Cactus League play for the Rockies before being optioned to Minor League camp.
The Rockies selected Koshansky out of the University of Virginia in the sixth round of the 2004 First-Year Player Draft, the same year that he earned Atlantic Coast Conference Player of the year honors.
Thomas Harding is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.