CSS Button No Image Css3Menu.com

Baseball Prospectus home
Click here to log in Click here to subscribe

Ronald Guzmán

Born: 10/20/1994 (Age: 20)
Bats: Left Throws: Left
Height: 6' 5" Weight: 235
Primary Position: 1B
Long, gangly frame, high waist; looks an inch or two taller than listed 6'5"; hasn't mastered physicality, body has filled out quicker than his ability to control it; lacks coordination despite demonstrated flexibility, long actions.
Evaluator Wilson Karaman
Report Date 07/13/2015
Dates Seen 6/16, 6/17, 7/1, 7/12
Affiliate High Desert Mavericks (High A, Rangers)
MLB ETA Risk Factor OFP Video
2018 Extreme 40 Yes
Tool Future Grade Report
Hit 40 Wide base, hands to ear with aggressive waggle pre-pitch; high load with significant bat wrap and a hitch; front shoulder stays closed, extreme length into the zone; minimal leg lift, firm plant of front foot, hips fire late, average bat speed; long arms and torso, struggles to get to inner-third; feel for the barrel, moderate control; aggressive approach, below-average command of the zone, will expand early and in hitting counts.
Power 45 55 raw; mild leverage against right-handed pitching, none against same-hand, line-drive oriented; opposite-field approach, difficulties covering inner-third limit game utility.
Baserunning/Speed 25 Clocks at 4.44 and 4.57 (half-step check-up); lumbering start-up, takes a good four steps to get up to speed; some second gear once everything's churning, but no utility.
Glove 45 Long first step, cross-over to backhand takes forever and a day; average hands, good size offsets some range limitations; struggles to identify spin on grounders, poor mobility limits ability to get down on balls laterally.
Arm 50 Above-average arm strength, poor body control and heavy feet in set-up; average accuracy.

Guzman has been pushed aggressively in spite of some off-field circumstances and a bat-first profile that remains extremely undeveloped. I've seen him across three series now over the course of the past month and he's had a different starting position and set-up with his hands in each viewing. The tinkering is an effort to mold together some of the intriguing raw ingredients Guzman will sporadically flash into a more flowing, consistently balanced swing. He's a below-average athlete despite some flexibility in his big frame, and while he projects as an adequate defender the bat will have to be the carrying tool here and it does not currently project to be. His above-average raw power remains extremely limited in games, as his present approach is geared almost exclusively towards hitting line drives the other way. Poor tracking, length in the swing, and modest bat speed limit his hit tool projection.

There's enough in the toolbox to dream on a Major League career, but the extreme risk in the profile makes it difficult to project one with confidence.

Baseball Prospectus Home  |  Terms of Service  |  Privacy Policy  |  Customer Service  |  Newsletter  |  Masthead  |  Contact Us