Ronald Guzman
24-Year-Old First Baseman1B
2019 Fantasy Outlook
Guzman benefited from Texas' poor season, debuting in mid-April and going on to make 428 plate appearances. He didn't necessarily benefit the Rangers as he hit just .235/.306/.416 with 16 homers. Those numbers are especially unexciting for a first baseman in a hitter's park. Guzman wasn't a particularly highly-rated prospect, so his performance wasn't too much of a surprise. Still just 24, Guzman has time to improve, and it may only take a small improvement for him to be a useful fantasy asset given his friendly park. An improvement would likely take the form of a drop in his strikeout rate, which sat at 28.3% after sitting at 16.1% with Triple-A Round Rock in 2017. Of course, there's the risk that another month or so of forgettable performances leads to the Rangers giving other young players a chance, so Guzman's floor remains low to go along with a fairly low ceiling. Read Past Outlooks
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$Signed a contract with the Rangers in July of 2011 that includes a $3.45 million signing bonus.
Sitting vs. lefty
1BTexas Rangers
May 14, 2019
Guzman will head to the bench for Tuesday's game against the Royals.
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The 24-year-old first baseman will take a seat with lefty Danny Duffy pitching Tuesday evening for the opposition. Guzman has registered just one hit (1-for-11) in four games since returning from the 10-day injured list. Logan Forsythe enters the lineup at first base and will hit eighth in Guzman's absence.
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Batting Order Slot Breakdown
vs Right-Handed Pitchers
vs RHP
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#2
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#5
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9
vs Left-Handed Pitchers
vs LHP
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Left/Right Batting Splits
Since 2017
 
 
+34%
OPS vs RHP
2019
 
 
+20%
OPS vs RHP
2018
 
 
+35%
OPS vs RHP
2017
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OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2017vs Left .582 119 13 3 14 0 .205 .252 .330
Since 2017vs Right .778 372 40 17 54 1 .241 .320 .458
2019vs Left .671 13 1 0 0 0 .182 .308 .364
2019vs Right .802 50 6 4 10 0 .217 .280 .522
2018vs Left .572 106 12 3 14 0 .208 .245 .327
2018vs Right .774 322 34 13 44 1 .245 .326 .448
2017vs Left 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2017vs Right 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
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Home/Away Batting Splits
Since 2017
 
 
+1%
OPS at Home
2019
 
 
+61%
OPS on Road
2018
 
 
+8%
OPS at Home
2017
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OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2017Home .731 231 29 8 31 0 .243 .307 .424
Since 2017Away .727 260 24 12 37 1 .222 .300 .427
2019Home .585 28 3 1 2 0 .185 .214 .370
2019Away .943 35 4 3 8 0 .233 .343 .600
2018Home .752 203 26 7 29 0 .251 .320 .432
2018Away .695 225 20 9 29 1 .221 .293 .402
2017Home 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2017Away 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
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Stat Review
How does Ronald Guzman compare to other hitters?
This section compares his stats with all batting seasons from the previous three seasons (minimum 400 plate appearances). The bar represents the player's percentile rank. For example, if the bar is halfway across, then the player falls into the 50th percentile for that stat and it would be considered average.
BB/K
0.29
 
BB Rate
9.0%
 
K Rate
31.3%
 
BABIP
.250
 
ISO
.279
 
AVG
.213
 
OBP
.284
 
SLG
.492
 
OPS
.775
 
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
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First base prospects have a unique set of rules. The overall value that needs to be provided with the glove, but primarily with the bat, is so immense that a player who is 12 percent better than league average as a 22-year-old at Triple-A hardly moves the needle. Guzman showed he has the potential to hit for a fairly high average while making contact at an excellent clip (16.1 percent strikeout rate). However, a .136 ISO from a first baseman who is not a gold-glove caliber defender is not going to cut it. He turned 23 this offseason and packs plus raw power in his 6-foot-5, 205-pound frame, so we can't completely close the book on him doing enough damage with the bat to profile as a regular. But he needs to start getting to more of that power in games, and he needs to do so in a hurry. He is on the 40-man roster and the Rangers don't have a long-term answer at first base, so we could see him up in the first half.
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.
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Slugs third homer
1BTexas Rangers
May 12, 2019
Guzman went 1-for-4 with a three-run home run in Saturday's 11-4 loss to the Astros.
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Hitless since return
1BTexas Rangers
May 11, 2019
Guzman went 0-for-3 with a pair of strikeouts in Friday's 3-0 loss to the Astros.
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Officially brought back from IL
1BTexas Rangers
May 9, 2019
Guzman (hamstring) was reinstated from the 10-day injured list Thursday.
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Expected back Thursday
1BTexas Rangers
Hamstring
May 6, 2019
Guzman (hamstring) is expected to be activated off the 10-day injured list Thursday, T.R. Sullivan of MLB.com reports.
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Starting rehab assignment Saturday
1BTexas Rangers
Hamstring
May 3, 2019
Guzman (hamstring) will report to Double-A Frisco for a minor-league rehab assignment Saturday.
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