23-Year-Old First Baseman – Texas Rangers
2018 Fantasy Baseball Outlook
There was no outlook written for Ronald Guzman in 2018. Check out the latest news below for more on his current fantasy value.
Guzman went 3-for-4 with a home run, a walk and three RBI for Triple-A Round Rock on Monday.
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Texas Rangers Roster
MajorsAndrus, Elvis (SS)
AAAAlvarez, R.J. (P)
AADavis, Tyler (P)
A+Beras, Jairo (P)
AAlexy, A.J. (P)
RookieAparicio, Miguel (OF)
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RotoWire's Preseason Outlooks
There was no outlook written for Ronald Guzman.
The 6-foot-5, 205-pound Guzman has finally been able to tap into his power potential over the last year or so. The left-handed slugger belted a career-high 15 home runs in 102 games at Double-A in 2016. Perhaps most importantly, he saw a rise in the number of free passes drawn while his strikeout ratio fell. The improvement in plate discipline also resulted in a .288 batting average, along with a .348 on-base percentage -- the highest OBP for Guzman at any level of full-season ball during his minor league career. The 22-year-old did struggle a bit at Triple-A to end the season, though, so that is where he will begin the 2017 campaign. The Rangers don't exactly have a rousing set of options at first base, so despite Guzman's rather mediocre power numbers, he could get a crack at first base in the big leagues by the end of the 2017 season, especially after getting added to the 40-man roster this offseason.
Guzman was part of the same legendary 2011 July 2 signing class as Nomar Mazara and Rougned Odor, but he has not developed on the same trajectory as his organization mates. The thought was that the lanky 6-foot-5 Guzman could be a middle-of-the order threat in time, but he is looking a bit more like a James Loney type, without the defense. He posted a .283/.324/.434 slash line with 12 homers in 131 games across Low-A and High-A as a 20-year-old in 2015, but there is not as much power projection left as one might think, given his age, position, and size. That said, he has a tendency to put the barrel on the baseball, so he could hit 35-plus doubles with regularity if he can find his way into an everyday role. There will be a pretty big adjustment period for him against Double-A pitching in 2016, so he will likely spend the entire year at Frisco.
A knee injury limited Guzman to just 49 games at Low-A Hickory, where he slashed .272/.325/.387, but there are some concerns about his eventual power profile, despite his large frame (6-5, 205). He's a very natural hitter but one with limited upside, which figures to disappoint some. He deserves at least a healthy and full season first, so 2014 figures to be a big year for him from a development standpoint.