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Portrait of Brandon Guyer

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2018 Projections (Rest of Season Projections - seasonal age 32)
PA AVG HR R RBI SB TAv WARP
124 .250 2 14 13 2 .255 0.2
Birth Date1-28-1986
Height6' 2"
Weight200 lbs
Age32 years, 5 months, 20 days
BatsR
ThrowsR
1.52014
1.82015
1.82016
0.22017
-0.52018
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WARP Summary

MLB Statistics

YEAR TEAM AGE G PA AB R H 2B 3B HR TB BB SO HBP SF SH RBI SB CS AVG OBP SLG TAv VORP FRAA WARP
2011 TBA 25 15 43 41 7 8 1 0 2 15 1 9 0 0 1 3 0 0 .195 .214 .366 .220 -0.6 -0.3 -0.1
2012 TBA 26 3 7 7 2 1 0 0 1 4 0 1 0 0 0 1 0 0 .143 .143 .571 .329 0.6 0.5 0.1
2014 TBA 28 97 294 259 37 69 15 1 3 95 16 52 11 1 26 6 1 .266 .334 .367 .276 13.8 -0.6 1.5
2015 TBA 29 128 385 332 51 88 21 2 8 137 25 61 24 1 3 28 10 4 .265 .359 .413 .279 17.1 -0.7 1.8
2016 CLE 30 38 96 81 12 27 5 0 2 38 7 13 8 0 0 14 1 1 .333 .438 .469 .302 6.4 2.2 0.9
2016 TBA 30 63 249 212 27 51 12 1 7 86 12 42 23 1 1 18 2 1 .241 .347 .406 .280 9.7 -1.3 0.9
2017 CLE 31 70 192 165 23 39 7 1 2 54 15 43 8 2 2 20 2 0 .236 .326 .327 .243 0.8 1.3 0.2
2018 CLE 32 54 124 108 8 18 6 0 3 33 11 30 5 0 0 13 1 0 .167 .274 .306 .208 -4.0 -2.6 -0.7
Career4681390120516730167528462872517957123227.250.339.383.26743.9-1.54.5

Statistics for All Levels

'opp' stats - Quality of opponents faced - have been moved and are available only as OPP_QUAL in the Statistics reports now.
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YEAR Team Lg G PA TAv oppAVG oppOBP oppSLG oppTAv BABIP BPF BRAA repLVL POS_ADJ FRAA BRR BVORP BWARP VORP WARP
2007 BOI A- 19 88 .257 .250 .333 .372 .258 .275 108 -0.3 2.4 -0.3 0.7 -0.3 1.5 0.2 1.5 0.2
2007 CUB Rk 17 81 .241 .262 .339 .366 .256 .273 96 -1.7 2.5 0.2 3.9 -1.2 -0.3 0.3 -0.3 0.3
2008 PEO A 88 363 .299 .249 .322 .371 .260 .295 96 14.3 10.1 -1.8 8.0 1.6 24.3 3.3 24.3 3.3
2009 DAY A+ 73 305 .321 .252 .323 .361 .251 .393 100 19.4 8.7 -2.5 -5.4 0.7 26.3 2.1 26.3 2.1
2009 TEN AA 57 205 .224 .253 .336 .373 .267 .223 94 -8.1 6.0 0.5 -4.6 -2.7 -4.3 -0.9 -4.3 -0.9
2010 TEN AA 102 410 .335 .264 .337 .393 .265 .368 103 35.1 12.7 -3.1 16.9 -0.7 43.9 6.2 43.9 6.2
2011 TBA MLB 15 43 .220 .256 .330 .407 .261 .200 101 -1.7 1.2 -0.4 -0.3 0.4 -0.6 -0.1 -0.6 -0.1
2011 DUR AAA 107 443 .305 .257 .325 .393 .253 .360 95 23.4 13.7 -2.7 14.7 1.5 36.0 4.8 36.0 4.8
2012 TBA MLB 3 7 .329 .257 .311 .419 .265 .000 106 0.5 0.2 0 0.5 0.0 0.6 0.1 0.6 0.1
2012 DUR AAA 22 97 .295 .256 .321 .373 .247 .324 103 3.8 2.9 -0.7 -0.4 1.0 6.9 0.6 6.9 0.6
2013 DUR AAA 98 405 .285 .259 .329 .392 .257 .346 109 11.2 11.6 -2.3 2.7 0.7 21.2 2.4 21.2 2.4
2014 TBA MLB 97 294 .276 .257 .316 .399 .265 .322 96 4.3 7.6 -1.6 -0.6 3.5 13.8 1.5 13.8 1.5
2014 DUR AAA 5 26 .395 .276 .355 .406 .266 .500 111 4 0.8 -0.4 0.2 0.2 4.5 0.5 4.5 0.5
2015 TBA MLB 128 385 .279 .253 .313 .405 .257 .303 100 7.2 10.4 -2.2 -0.7 1.6 17.1 1.8 17.1 1.8
2016 CLE MLB 38 96 .302 .256 .319 .417 .257 .379 114 4.1 2.7 -0.6 2.2 0.2 6.4 0.9 6.4 0.9
2016 TBA MLB 63 249 .280 .256 .318 .418 .257 .268 97 5.2 7.0 -1.7 -1.3 -0.8 9.7 0.9 9.7 0.9
2016 PCH A+ 3 12 .155 .237 .292 .332 .235 .200 98 -1.4 0.3 -0.2 0.1 0.0 -1.2 -0.1 -1.2 -0.1
2017 CLE MLB 70 192 .243 .261 .333 .432 .263 .303 105 -3.4 5.6 -1.7 1.3 0.3 0.8 0.2 0.8 0.2
2017 COH AAA 6 20 .308 .249 .321 .434 .251 .300 112 1.1 0.6 -0.2 -0.6 -1.3 0.2 -0.0 0.2 -0.0
2018 CLE MLB 54 124 .208 .248 .323 .407 .265 .200 106 -6.4 3.4 -1.1 -2.6 -0.1 -4.1 -0.7 -4.0 -0.7
2018 AKR AA 3 12 .091 .271 .344 .425 .303 .000 72 -2.2 0.3 -0.1 -0.2 -0.9 -2.8 -0.3 -2.8 -0.3
2018 COH AAA 9 37 .220 .261 .321 .395 .259 .077 104 -1.6 1.1 -0.2 -0.8 -0.2 -0.9 -0.2 -0.9 -0.2

Statistics For All Levels

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Year Team Lg PA R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO SB CS AVG OBP SLG ISO TAv VORP FRAA WARP
2007 CUB Rk 81 10 16 4 1 1 5 5 16 6 2 .222 .309 .347 .125 .241 -0.3 3.9 0.3
2007 BOI A- 88 9 19 1 0 0 14 6 9 5 0 .268 .322 .282 .014 .257 1.5 0.7 0.2
2008 PEO A 363 55 88 27 3 14 38 19 63 22 7 .269 .333 .498 .229 .299 24.3 8.0 3.3
2009 DAY A+ 305 40 92 16 3 2 32 24 34 23 2 .347 .418 .453 .106 .321 26.3 -5.4 2.1
2009 TEN AA 205 22 36 12 2 1 14 10 33 7 5 .190 .236 .291 .101 .224 -4.3 -4.6 -0.9
2010 TEN AA 410 76 127 39 6 13 58 27 51 30 3 .344 .395 .588 .244 .335 43.9 16.9 6.2
2011 TBA MLB 43 7 8 1 0 2 3 1 9 0 0 .195 .214 .366 .171 .220 -0.6 -0.3 -0.1
2011 DUR AAA 443 78 121 29 5 14 61 35 79 16 6 .312 .384 .521 .209 .305 36.0 14.7 4.8
2012 DUR AAA 97 9 25 3 1 3 13 7 15 2 0 .294 .365 .459 .165 .295 6.9 -0.4 0.6
2012 TBA MLB 7 2 1 0 0 1 1 0 1 0 0 .143 .143 .571 .429 .329 0.6 0.5 0.1
2013 DUR AAA 405 73 107 23 6 7 41 29 62 22 3 .301 .374 .458 .157 .285 21.2 2.7 2.4
2014 TBA MLB 294 37 69 15 1 3 26 16 52 6 1 .266 .334 .367 .100 .276 13.8 -0.6 1.5
2014 DUR AAA 26 8 8 2 2 0 1 6 4 0 0 .400 .538 .700 .300 .395 4.5 0.2 0.5
2015 TBA MLB 385 51 88 21 2 8 28 25 61 10 4 .265 .359 .413 .148 .279 17.1 -0.7 1.8
2016 PCH A+ 12 2 2 1 0 0 1 0 2 0 0 .167 .167 .250 .083 .155 -1.2 0.1 -0.1
2016 CLE MLB 96 12 27 5 0 2 14 7 13 1 1 .333 .438 .469 .136 .302 6.4 2.2 0.9
2016 TBA MLB 249 27 51 12 1 7 18 12 42 2 1 .241 .347 .406 .165 .280 9.7 -1.3 0.9
2017 CLE MLB 192 23 39 7 1 2 20 15 43 2 0 .236 .326 .327 .091 .243 0.8 1.3 0.2
2017 COH AAA 20 3 4 0 0 1 1 2 4 0 0 .267 .450 .467 .200 .308 0.2 -0.6 -0.0
2018 COH AAA 37 6 4 0 0 2 2 1 4 0 0 .125 .243 .312 .188 .220 -0.9 -0.8 -0.2
2018 AKR AA 12 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 0 0 .000 .000 .000 .000 .091 -2.8 -0.2 -0.3
2018 CLE MLB 124 8 18 6 0 3 13 11 30 1 0 .167 .274 .306 .139 .208 -4.0 -2.6 -0.7

Plate Discipline

YEAR PITCHES ZONE_RT SWING_RT CONTACT_RT Z_SWING_RT O_SWING_RT Z_CONTACT_RT O_CONTACT_RT SW_STRK_RT CSAA_CHANCES CSAA_RT
2011 164 0.4756 0.5305 0.7586 0.6538 0.4186 0.9020 0.5556 0.2414 60 0.001073
2012 17 0.4706 0.4706 0.8750 0.5000 0.4444 1.0000 0.7500 0.1250 8 0.000963
2014 1102 0.5036 0.4764 0.7676 0.6739 0.2761 0.8182 0.6424 0.2324 447 0.005332
2015 1425 0.4793 0.5165 0.7690 0.7247 0.3248 0.8000 0.7054 0.2310 545 -0.000935
2016 1205 0.5012 0.4938 0.8050 0.6821 0.3045 0.8665 0.6667 0.1950 0 0.000000
2017 757 0.4980 0.4227 0.7531 0.6154 0.2316 0.8103 0.6023 0.2469 0 0.000000
2018 502 0.4641 0.4502 0.7699 0.6438 0.2825 0.8267 0.6579 0.2301 0 0.000000
Career51720.49070.48280.77490.67710.29530.82740.65870.2251247.33080.0009

Injury History  —  No longer being updated

Last Update: 12/31/2014 23:59 ET

Date On Date Off Transaction Days Games Side Body Part Injury Severity Surgery Date Reaggravation
2014-05-26 2014-06-19 15-DL 24 22 Left Thumb Fracture Diving for Ball -
2013-08-04 2013-10-09 60-DL 66 53 Right Fingers Recovery From Fracture Middle Finger HBP - -
2013-07-26 2013-08-04 Minors 9 0 Right Fingers Fracture Middle Finger HBP - -
2012-05-13 2012-10-04 60-DL 144 128 Left Shoulder Surgery Labrum 2012-05-28 -
2012-04-25 2012-05-04 Minors 9 0 Left Ankle Sprain - -
2011-07-26 2011-08-13 Minors 18 0 - Not Disclosed - -
2010-05-15 2010-05-29 Minors 14 0 Left Shoulder Subluxation -
2010-04-29 2010-05-10 Minors 11 0 Left Shoulder Subluxation - -

Compensation

Year Team Salary
2019 CLE $500,000
2018 CLE $2,750,000
2017 CLE $2,000,000
2016 TBA $1,185,000
2015 TBA $515,800
2014 TBA $501,200
2013 TBA $
YearsDescriptionSalary
5 yrPrevious$4,202,000
2018Current$2,750,000
6 yrPvs + Cur$6,952,000
1 yrFuture$500,000
7 yrTotal$7,452,000

 

Service TimeAgentContract Status
5 y 66 dACES2 years/$5M (2017-18), 2019 option

Details
  • 2 years/$5M (2017-18), plus 2019 option. Signed extension with Cleveland 1/18/17 (avoided arbitration, $2.3M-$1.9M). 17:$2M, 18:$2.75M, 19:$3M club option ($1M buyout). Salary increases $0.5M for any season after Guyer wins a Gold Glove award.
  • 1 year/$1.185M (2016). Re-signed by Tampa Bay 1/14/16 (avoided arbitration). Acquired by Cleveland in trade from Tampa Bay with $401,475 remaining on contract.
  • 1 year/$0.5158M (2015). Re-signed by Tampa Bay as a free agent 3/8/15.
  • 1 year/$0.5012M (2014). Re-signed by Tampa Bay 3/2/14.
  • 1 year (2013). Re-signed by Tampa Bay 3/2/13.
  • 1 year (2012). Re-signed by Tampa Bay 3/3/12.
  • 1 year (2011). Contract purchased by Chicago Cubs 11/19/10. Acquired by Tampa Bay in trade from Chicago Cubs 1/7/11.
  • Drafted by Chicago Cubs 2007 (5-157) (Virginia) $0.148M signing bonus.

2018 Preseason Forecast

Last Update: 1/27/2017 12:35 ET

PCT PA R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO SB CS AVG OBP SLG TAv VORP FRAA WARP
90o 260 34 67 15 1 5 31 20 43 4 1 .303 .397 .448 .302 16.6 RF -1, LF 1 1.9
80o 238 29 59 13 1 5 27 17 40 4 1 .289 .379 .436 .288 11.8 RF -1, LF 0 1.4
70o 222 26 53 12 1 4 25 16 39 3 1 .277 .368 .414 .278 8.8 RF -1, LF 0 1.0
60o 209 24 49 11 1 4 23 14 37 3 1 .271 .357 .409 .269 6.6 RF -1, LF 0 0.7
50o 196 22 45 10 1 4 21 13 35 3 1 .265 .351 .406 .261 4.6 RF 0, LF 0 0.5
40o 183 20 40 9 1 3 19 12 34 2 1 .250 .335 .375 .253 2.8 RF 0, LF 0 0.3
30o 170 18 36 8 1 3 17 11 32 2 1 .242 .325 .369 .244 1.1 RF 0, LF 0 0.1
20o 154 16 32 7 1 3 15 9 29 2 1 .235 .314 .368 .234 -0.5 RF 0, LF 0 -0.1
10o 132 13 26 6 1 2 12 7 26 2 1 .222 .298 .342 .220 -2.3 RF 0, LF 0 -0.3
Weighted Mean2022346101422143631.263.353.400.2655.4RF -1, LF 00.6

Preseason Long-Term Forecast (Beyond the 2018 Projections)

Playing time estimates are based on performance, not Depth Charts.
Year Age PA R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO SB AVG OBP SLG TAv WARP VORP BRR POS_ADJ REP_ADJ RAA FRAA
20193316520358131712322.251.341.391.2540.32.70.2-0.94.4-1.00.1
20203413617307031410261.255.349.389.2560.32.40.1-0.83.6-0.50.1
202135971221502107191.254.346.390.2550.21.50.1-0.62.6-0.50.1
2022364961130153100.250.340.390.2530.10.60.0-0.31.3-0.30.0
20233737482014370.251.340.385.2520.00.40.0-0.31.0-0.30.0
20243813231001120.249.339.381.2500.00.10.0-0.10.3-0.10.0

Comparable Players (Similarity Index 82)

Rank Score Name Year TAv Trend
1 89 David DeJesus 2012 .278
2 88 Kosuke Fukudome 2009 .281
3 87 Nick Markakis 2016 .275
4 87 Elmer Valo 1953 .265
5 87 Elliott Maddox 1980 .253
6 86 Jorge Orta 1983 .245
7 86 Brady Clark 2005 .277
8 86 Floyd Robinson 1968 .243
9 86 Cesar Tovar 1973 .271
10 86 Matt Joyce 2017 .270
11 86 Fred Valentine 1967 .272
12 84 Johnny Damon 2006 .279
13 84 Willard Marshall 1953 .286
14 84 Tito Francona 1966 .224
15 84 Dale Mitchell 1954 .279
16 84 Ryan Spilborghs 2012 .000 DNP
17 84 Ruben Amaro 1997 .223
18 84 Brett Gardner 2016 .254
19 84 Harvey Kuenn 1963 .279
20 84 Danny Heep 1990 .187
21 83 Frank Catalanotto 2006 .266
22 83 Gene Hermanski 1952 .256
23 83 Gregor Blanco 2016 .237
24 83 Shannon Stewart 2006 .245
25 83 Carl Furillo 1954 .276
26 83 Luis Gonzalez 2000 .306
27 83 Jim Norris 1981 .000 DNP
28 83 Coco Crisp 2012 .272
29 83 Denard Span 2016 .263
30 83 Jim King 1965 .286
31 83 Jon Jay 2017 .267
32 83 Gates Brown 1971 .342
33 83 Keith Moreland 1986 .246
34 83 Bobby Murcer 1978 .278
35 82 Jacoby Ellsbury 2016 .246
36 82 Nate McLouth 2014 .218
37 82 Shane Victorino 2013 .292
38 82 Tony Gwynn 1992 .280
39 82 Bob Burda 1971 .271
40 82 Mike Greenwell 1996 .253
41 82 Rusty Greer 2001 .269
42 82 Charlie Moore 1985 .220
43 82 David Murphy 2014 .268
44 81 Ichiro Suzuki 2006 .273
45 81 Terry Puhl 1989 .271
46 81 Richie Scheinblum 1975 .000 DNP
47 81 Al Spangler 1966 .530
48 81 Roy White 1976 .297
49 81 Bobby Higginson 2003 .249
50 81 Rick Leach 1989 .264
51 81 Mark DeRosa 2007 .265
52 81 Jay Johnstone 1978 .217
53 81 Ron Fairly 1971 .289
54 81 Angel Pagan 2014 .277
55 81 Chone Figgins 2010 .240
56 81 Lee Thomas 1968 .196
57 81 Brady Anderson 1996 .333
58 81 Jose Cardenal 1976 .262
59 81 Melky Cabrera 2017 .254
60 81 Curt Flood 1970 .000 DNP
61 81 Kenny Lofton 1999 .290
62 81 Len Dykstra 1995 .253
63 81 Tim Raines 1992 .303
64 81 Roberto Alomar 2000 .280
65 81 Randy Bush 1991 .303
66 81 Ryan Freel 2008 .253
67 80 Chad Curtis 2001 .252
68 80 Ron Woods 1975 .000 DNP
69 80 Steve Braun 1980 .218
70 80 Brett Butler 1989 .261
71 80 Merv Rettenmund 1975 .245
72 80 George Kell 1955 .295
73 80 Scott Podsednik 2008 .234
74 80 Irv Noren 1957 .244
75 80 Eddie Milner 1987 .260
76 80 Brian Downing 1983 .278
77 80 Brian McRae 2000 .000 DNP
78 80 Bob Molinaro 1982 .229
79 80 Bobby Avila 1956 .237
80 80 Bill Sample 1987 .000 DNP
81 80 Johnny Callison 1971 .241
82 80 Lee Mazzilli 1987 .316
83 80 Paul Schaal 1975 .000 DNP
84 80 Steve Finley 1997 .267
85 80 Jim Dwyer 1982 .325
86 80 Marvin Benard 2003 .185
87 80 Lenny Green 1965 .286
88 80 Matt Lawton 2004 .264
89 80 Mark Kotsay 2008 .251
90 80 Cesar Cedeno 1983 .250
91 80 Gene Woodling 1955 .273
92 80 Rafael Furcal 2010 .316
93 80 Jason Bartlett 2012 .167
94 80 Nori Aoki 2014 .267
95 80 Robin Yount 1988 .307
96 79 Barry Larkin 1996 .318
97 79 Austin Kearns 2012 .261
98 79 Jason Michaels 2008 .230
99 79 Jed Lowrie 2016 .229
100 79 Jose Cruz 1980 .294

Platoon

SORT_FIELD PLATOON AVG OBP SLG TAv
10 vs L (Multi) .306 .423 .500 .329
11 vs R (Multi) .231 .307 .338 .237
11 vs U (Multi) .000 .000 .000 .000
18 Split (Multi) -.075 -.116 -.163 -.092
19 LgAvg (Multi) -.010 -.021 -.029 -.017
30 vs L (2016) .336 .464 .557 .355
31 vs R (2016) .218 .302 .329 .231
31 vs U (2016) .000 .000 .000 .000
38 Split (2016) -.118 -.161 -.228 -.124
39 LgAvg (2016) -.008 -.018 -.027 -.016

Definition of multi-year splits

BP Annual Player Comments

YearComment
2018 Due to publishing agreements, the 2018 player comments and team essays are only available in the Baseball Prospectus 2018 book (available in hardcopy, and soon e-book and Kindle).
2017 Guyer is never going to lead baseball in hits. The career fourth outfielder presumably knows this, which is why he appears to have set his eyes on a different goal—leading baseball in getting hit. From 2014 to 2015, he more than doubled the times he was hit by a pitch, but those 24 HBPs left him in second place on the leaderboard at the end of the season. In 2016, Guyer blew everyone else away. He’d nearly matched last year’s HBP total by the time he was traded to Cleveland at the deadline, and not only hit better than he had in Tampa, he got hit more. The result was 31 HBPs, the most baseball had seen in 20 years, even though his status as a backup meant less than a full season of play. This is what life coaches talk about when they say “effective goal setting.”
2016 If you remember back to last year's annual, Guyer's comment ended with the following: "All this may leave some yearning for more Guyer, but not everyone in the band can be the lead singer; somebody's got to man the rhythm section." In 2015, Guyer had a Bruno Mars-like beat, which is to say: He was on point with the funk. Pressed into extended duty to cover multiple injuries, the man with blue-eyed soul was above-average in all facets of the game. As a right-handed batter, he continued to excel against southpaws while holding his own against the orthodox side. On the basepaths he's an athletic runner with good feel and instincts, and those traits carry over into the outfield, where he can hold down all three positions. Though not quite a one-man band, Guyer has perhaps played himself in position to get the occasional solo.
2015 Out of options and room for development, Guyer made the club in spring training and served as a valuable member of the roster. Filling in for Wil Myers and David DeJesus, Guyer's play went largely unnoticed in the way you're not supposed to notice umpires and long snappers. A former two-sport star in high school, he is a smart runner with good speed who can play all three outfield positions in a pinch, though left field is his best position. Fans appreciate his work ethic and his respect for the 90 feet between home and first, to borrow a phase from Joe Maddon. All this may leave some yearning for more Guyer, but not everyone in the band can be the lead singer; somebody's got to man the rhythm section.
2014 There's a skill to staying healthy and Guyer doesn't have it: The toolsy outfielder has a knack not only for getting hurt, but at the worst times, too. Last season, good Triple-A numbers recommended him for a promotion when Desmond Jennings was injured, but Guyer was already out with a broken finger, hit by a pitch while bunting. That was emblematicalthough Guyer doesn't crowd the plate, he's been top-two in the International League in HBPs in his past two full seasons. Hurt finds him. Considered a key piece in the 2010 Matt Garza deal, Guyer now finds his prospecthood aging and frayed, if not completely torn.
2013 It was a rough year for Guyer. In spring training, he loaned Matt Bush the vehicle Bush subsequently drove into a DUI hit-and-run that seriously injured a motorcyclist. With remorse and a $5 million civil suit hanging over him, Guyer nonetheless hit well and got an early-season call-up from Triple-Aand soon thereafter went down for the season with a torn labrum in his non-throwing shoulder, which he originally injured shortly before he was drafted in 2007. If healthy in 2013, Guyer, a toolsy but incomplete playeriffy plate discipline, questionable routes in the outfieldcould contribute as a fourth outfielder. He'll need to have a major breakthrough to earn a starting role, though.
2012 Yet another piece of the Matt Garza deal, Guyer made his mark in his first plate appearance of the seasona home run off Zach Britton in front of friends and family from southern Virginia at Camden Yards. He was rewarded for that effort with a demotion back to Durham the very next day. He hit .313/.385/.522 in Durham but had little success in 43 major league plate appearances. He is a sleeper pick to become an everyday player, but a strong candidate to occupy a reserve outfielder role on the club should the roster stay as is. Should Upton be dealt and Jennings shifted to his more natural position in center, Guyer could get a crack at the left field job.
2011 Guyer earned recognition as the minor-league system's player of the year after overcoming an early shoulder injury to help the Smokies win a franchise-record 86 games while leading the Southern League in slugging percentage. He can thank an especially blistering second half in which he hit .424/.459/.724, whichcast against early-career struggles with shoulder and elbow problems and a return engagement at Double-Amakes one wonder if this was a true breakout, or an older player beating up on familiar competition. Following up last season's campaign with some torrid hitting in winter ball argues for "breakout," which could put him on the Colvin-level fast track if there's room on the roster. His past injuries are the downside of an aggressive mentality that reflects his past gridiron experience, and contribute to the concern that he'll always be limited to a corner. There's no arguing with the other tools: quick hands, excellent plate coverage and pitch recognition, and speed on the bases.
2010 Speedy center fielder Brandon Guyer has shown he can hit, slug, and post solid OBPs, but never all three at once. Improved synchronicity would make him a real prospect.

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DateQuestionAnswer
2017-02-21 13:00:00 (link to chat)Strategy question, 20 team, 25 player rosters, up to 13 keepers, do you keep outfielders like Josh Reddick or Jayson Werth or take your chances trying to get someone else.
(Andrew from Nebraska)
I'd take my chances on someone else, but Reddick has value in the right format as a platoon option. I've had success doing that with guys like Matt Joyce, Brandon Guyer, Danny Valencia, Steve Pearce, etc...just mixing and matching based on daily lineups...It can work in a deeper league. (George Bissell)
2015-05-26 19:00:00 (link to chat)Three questions about Joey Butler: how long can he keep up his .400 BABiP (It's been more or less that for his four seasons in AAA.) Why don't the Rays play him more often? We would assume he'll be returned to AAA when Jennings comes back, right?
(John Carter from Great Lakes region)
It is extremely unlikely anyone can keep a BABIP that high in the majors; barely any one ever does it for one year, let alone for multiple years. It's easier to get higher quality contact in the minors against weaker pitchers, poorer arsenals, and particularly the back end of bullpens that are organizational depth. Nearly everyone you're facing in the majors has a high end out pitch.

He probably should be getting a few more at bats than Brandon Guyer, but when you factor the high whiff rate in, the Rays are probably figuring that he is a BABIP fluke.

Yes, he seems like the guy who would go down when Desmond Jennings comes off of the DL. (Mike Gianella)
2015-03-06 14:00:00 (link to chat)Mikey Mahtook = or > Brandon Guyer?
(Swamp Gator from Jacksonville)
I would go with >. I'm still high on him, and while I doubt he ever ends up a starter, I actually think there's more upside in his bat than Souza. Call me crazy. Actually don't. (Christopher Crawford)
2012-05-07 13:00:00 (link to chat)Does a big year from B.J. Upton in any way change the Rays plans for 2013 and beyond? He's not quite the Carl Crawford type, expected to pull in a huge deal, and the team that wanted him in center the most the last few seasons now has Bryce Harper in tow.
(Marc from The Internet)
If anything, a big year decreases his likelihood of returning. The Rays have tried extending Upton multiple times, dating back to his days in the minors. If it was going to happen, it would've happened by now. If Upton does have a big year, I could see a team falling in love with him as the M's did with Adrian Beltre back in the day. People have been predicting a breakout season for Upton long enough that it might only take one big year to convince someone he's made the leap.

As for the Rays outfield situation, I'd still anticipate Brandon Guyer being the benefactor. That could and likely will change between now and next opening day, but that's just how the depth chart is set up right now. There are some around the league who think Guyer could become an everyday player. (R.J. Anderson)
2011-05-26 13:00:00 (link to chat)Explain why Carlos Beltran does or does not make sense for the Rays if they are still alive at the deadline.
(PMCY from Moms basement)
It depends on what their roster looks like. If Desmond Jennings and/or Brandon Guyer are up with Johnny Damon still at designated hitter, then they really don't have room for Beltran. Plus, the finances and prospect return required. I'm just not sure it's realistic at this point. (R.J. Anderson)
2011-05-09 13:00:00 (link to chat)What's your take on Brandon Guyer's future with the Rays? He gets the distinction of hitting a HR in his first MLB at-bat, but that really means very little.
(kf4ykd from Charlottesville)
He'll have a career as a second-division starter kinda guy. (Kevin Goldstein)


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