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2017 Projections (Rest of Season Projections - seasonal age 31)
PA AVG HR R RBI SB TAv WARP
7 .266 0 1 1 0 .266 0.0
Birth Date1-28-1986
Height6' 2"
Weight200 lbs
Age31 years, 7 months, 22 days
BatsR
ThrowsR
2013
1.52014
1.82015
1.82016
0.22017
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WARP Summary

Projected Rest-of-Season Playing Time

Last Update: 9/19/2017 11:38 ET | Indians Depth Chart

Team Pos Order PT% PA AVG R HR RBI SB OBP SLG WARP TAv
CLE LF 2 5 3 .266 1 0 1 0 .348 .411 0.0 .266
CLE RF 9 9 4 .266 1 0 1 0 .348 .411 0.0 .266
2017 Rest-of-Season Totals147.2661010.348.4110.0.266

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 1.2 0.2
Career4141266109715928361525429762217457110217.258.346.391.27348.01.05.2

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 -5.6 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 .262 .334 .434 .264 .303 105 -3.4 5.6 -1.7 1.2 0.3 0.8 0.2 0.8 0.2
2017 COH AAA 6 20 .307 .249 .321 .434 .251 .300 113 1 0.6 -0.2 -0.6 -1.3 0.1 -0.0 0.1 -0.0

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 -5.6 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 COH AAA 20 3 4 0 0 1 1 2 4 0 0 .267 .450 .467 .200 .307 0.1 -0.6 -0.0
2017 CLE MLB 192 23 39 7 1 2 20 15 43 2 0 .236 .326 .327 .091 .243 0.8 1.2 0.2

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 762 0.4974 0.4186 0.7524 0.6095 0.2298 0.8095 0.6023 0.2476 0 0.000000
Career46750.49350.48560.77530.67970.29630.82730.65870.2247273.62460.001

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
4 yrPrevious$2,202,000
2017Current$2,000,000
5 yrPvs + Cur$4,202,000
2 yrFuture$3,250,000
7 yrTotal$7,452,000

 

Service TimeAgentContract Status
4 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.

2017 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 359 49 98 22 2 10 45 27 56 7 2 .317 .403 .498 .310 28.4 LF 5, RF -1 3.6
80o 338 44 88 20 2 9 41 24 54 6 2 .301 .385 .473 .297 22.1 LF 5, RF -1 2.9
70o 323 41 81 18 2 8 38 22 53 6 2 .290 .373 .455 .287 17.9 LF 5, RF -1 2.4
60o 310 38 76 17 2 8 35 21 51 5 2 .281 .362 .440 .279 14.6 LF 5, RF -1 2.0
50o 298 36 70 16 1 7 33 19 50 5 2 .272 .352 .426 .271 11.7 LF 4, RF -1 1.7
40o 286 33 66 15 1 7 31 18 49 5 2 .263 .342 .412 .264 9.0 LF 4, RF 0 1.4
30o 273 31 61 14 1 6 29 17 47 4 2 .254 .331 .398 .255 6.2 LF 4, RF 0 1.1
20o 258 28 55 12 1 6 26 15 46 4 1 .243 .319 .381 .246 3.3 LF 4, RF 0 0.7
10o 237 25 48 11 1 5 23 13 43 3 1 .229 .301 .357 .232 -0.2 LF 4, RF 0 0.3
Weighted Mean3033771161734205152.275.356.432.27412.8LF 5, RF -11.8

2017 Rest-of-Season Forecast

Last Update: 9/19/2017 13:15 ET

PCT PA R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO SB CS AVG OBP SLG TAv VORP FRAA WARP
90o 72 9 19 4 0 2 10 6 12 1 0 .314 .402 .580 .307 5.5 RF 0, LF 1 0.6
80o 50 6 12 3 0 1 6 4 8 1 0 .297 .384 .516 .293 3.1 RF 0, LF 0 0.4
70o 34 4 8 2 0 1 4 2 6 1 0 .285 .370 .474 .283 1.7 RF 0, LF 0 0.2
60o 20 2 4 1 0 0 2 1 3 0 0 .275 .359 .441 .274 0.8 RF 0, LF 0 0.1
50o 7 1 1 0 0 0 1 0 1 0 0 .266 .348 .411 .266 0.2 RF 0, LF 0 0.0
Weighted Mean132310011200.271.353.425.2700.5RF 0, LF 00.1

Diagnostics

Breakout Rate Improve Rate Collapse Rate Attrition Rate MLB %
0% 41% 5% 14% 88%

Preseason Long-Term Forecast (Beyond the 2017 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
201832219274911152415383.258.347.405.2570.85.20.7-0.45.7-0.72.1
201933249315813162817433.267.352.420.2601.06.80.8-0.66.40.12.4
20203418023419142012321.262.350.409.2570.64.10.5-0.54.7-0.61.7
20213515920378141811281.263.348.413.2570.63.70.5-0.54.1-0.41.5
2022361381730703169240.263.349.416.2580.53.30.4-0.43.6-0.31.3
2023371271628603148230.261.347.407.2550.42.70.4-0.43.3-0.61.2
202438921121502106170.258.341.399.2520.31.60.3-0.32.4-0.70.9
2025396981530274130.257.342.401.2520.21.20.2-0.31.8-0.50.7
2026405871330164110.257.340.398.2510.20.90.2-0.21.5-0.50.6

Comparable Players (Similarity Index 81)

Rank Score Name Year TAv Trend
1 89 Nate McLouth 2013 .269
2 86 Brett Gardner 2015 .264
3 86 Kevin Mench 2009 .000 DNP
4 86 Lew Ford 2008 .000 DNP
5 86 Dale Mitchell 1953 .294
6 85 Gene Woodling 1954 .267
7 85 Hideki Matsui 2005 .294
8 85 Roy White 1975 .303
9 85 Harvey Kuenn 1962 .290
10 85 Wally Moon 1961 .325
11 84 Rusty Greer 2000 .276
12 84 Shannon Stewart 2005 .259
13 84 David Murphy 2013 .234
14 84 Brian Downing 1982 .308
15 83 Gene Hermanski 1951 .276
16 83 Jody Gerut 2009 .227
17 83 Matt Joyce 2016 .306
18 83 Bobby Higginson 2002 .271
19 83 Cesar Tovar 1972 .254
20 83 Melky Cabrera 2016 .270
21 82 Tim Raines 1991 .265
22 82 Mike Greenwell 1995 .271
23 82 Steve Kemp 1986 .229
24 82 Lloyd McClendon 1990 .185
25 82 Dion James 1994 .000 DNP
26 82 Esteban German 2009 .276
27 82 Frank Catalanotto 2005 .278
28 82 Terry Puhl 1988 .303
29 82 Juan Rivera 2010 .257
30 82 Luis Gonzalez 1999 .309
31 82 Al Spangler 1965 .241
32 82 Fred Lewis 2012 .197
33 82 Chris Coghlan 2016 .222
34 81 Harry Hanebrink 1959 .221
35 81 Chad Curtis 2000 .248
36 81 Bob Skinner 1963 .267
37 81 Carl Crawford 2013 .273
38 81 Shane Victorino 2012 .264
39 81 Austin Kearns 2011 .222
40 81 Minnie Minoso 1957 .320
41 81 David DeJesus 2011 .261
42 81 Brady Anderson 1995 .281
43 81 Lonnie Smith 1987 .269
44 81 Reed Johnson 2008 .273
45 81 Steve Braun 1979 .270
46 80 Don Baylor 1980 .238
47 80 Jason Michaels 2007 .257
48 80 Conor Jackson 2013 .000 DNP
49 80 Floyd Robinson 1967 .244
50 80 Johnny Grubb 1980 .285
51 80 Gene Richards 1985 .000 DNP
52 80 Gary Roenicke 1986 .278
53 80 Roger Bernadina 2015 .000 DNP
54 80 Ben Francisco 2013 .180
55 80 Jon Jay 2016 .271
56 80 Richie Scheinblum 1974 .167
57 80 Gregor Blanco 2015 .299
58 80 Chris Young 2015 .272
59 80 Carlos Lee 2007 .283
60 80 Willie Harris 2009 .273
61 80 Elmer Valo 1952 .324
62 80 Justin Turner 2016 .309
63 80 Jacoby Ellsbury 2015 .249
64 80 Tony Gonzalez 1968 .265
65 79 Jim Delsing 1957 .000 DNP
66 79 Angel Pagan 2013 .277
67 79 Nick Markakis 2015 .283
68 79 Al Smith 1959 .258
69 79 Jim Norris 1980 .216
70 79 Alejandro De Aza 2015 .274
71 79 Mitch Webster 1990 .253
72 79 Coco Crisp 2011 .261
73 79 Len Dykstra 1994 .289
74 79 Bobby Kielty 2008 .000 DNP
75 79 Vernon Wells 2010 .274
76 79 Gabe Gross 2011 .000 DNP
77 79 George Kell 1954 .273
78 79 Gaby Sanchez 2015 .000 DNP
79 79 Bernard Gilkey 1998 .229
80 79 Ron Fairly 1970 .306
81 78 Del Ennis 1956 .253
82 78 Moises Alou 1998 .324
83 78 Jason Bartlett 2011 .229
84 78 Alex Gordon 2015 .299
85 78 Scott Podsednik 2007 .231
86 78 Jorge Orta 1982 .214
87 78 Pete Rose 1972 .312
88 78 Rickey Henderson 1990 .367
89 78 Craig Biggio 1997 .324
90 78 Denard Span 2015 .305
91 78 Ryan Freel 2007 .238
92 78 Willie Crawford 1978 .000 DNP
93 78 Ryan Spilborghs 2011 .200
94 78 Irv Noren 1956 .246
95 78 Tracy Jones 1992 .000 DNP
96 78 Barry Larkin 1995 .302
97 78 Johnny Damon 2005 .282
98 78 Nori Aoki 2013 .269
99 78 Orlando Merced 1998 .254
100 78 Tony Gwynn 1991 .285

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
2017 Due to publishing agreements, the 2017 player comments and team essays are only available in the Baseball Prospectus 2017 book (available in hardcopy, and soon e-book and Kindle).
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 emblematic—although 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-A—and 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 player—iffy plate discipline, questionable routes in the outfield—could 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 season—a 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, which—cast against early-career struggles with shoulder and elbow problems and a return engagement at Double-A—makes 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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