Chicago Cubs Prospect Profile: Brandon Guyer

The Cubs drafted Brandon Guyer in the fifth round, the 157th overall pick, in 2007. Guyer posted a .282/.339/.385 line with 28 doubles, five triples, three home runs and 30 stolen bases (caught seven time) last season. Guyer played in 130 games between Daytona (High A) and Tennessee (AA). Guyer made the jump from Low-A Peoria in 2008 to Tennessee (AA) to start the 2009 campaign. He struggled in Tennessee and hit just .190/.236/.291 in 57 games. Guyer was demoted to High-A Daytona in May and rebounded nicely. Guyer found his stroke again and put together a .347/.407/.453 line in 73 games and earned a promotion back to Double-A at the end of the season. The 24-year old outfielder is off to a good start this season at Tennessee. He is hitting .314/.458/.529 with four doubles, two triples, a home run and is a perfect seven-for-seven in stolen base attempts in 15 games. Brandon Guyer has shown his speed often on the base paths in his minor league career. He has 70 stolen bases and has been caught just 16 times. Guyer has also shown flashes of home run power. In 2008 while playing at Peoria he hit 14 homeruns in only 88 games, yet last year in 130 games Guyer hit only three longballs.

Brandon Guyer played some fall ball last year in the Arizona Instructional League and he was invited to Instructs mainly to work on improving his arm strength as well as work on his power. He showed more flashes of power in the Instructional League, hitting some key game winning home runs, but it is a hitter’s league. Brandon Guyer’s defensive style in the outfield can be compared to Reed Johnson, Eric Byrnes and Sam Fuld. He goes all out every time he crosses the lines and will do whatever it takes to make a play. He’s fearless but like Fuld, Johnson and Byrnes he’s had his share of injuries because of it. Brandon plays all three outfield spots. In college he played mostly left as well as a little first and third base.

Guyer is projected as a fourth or fifth outfielder at this point. If he can show the home run power he displayed early in his career at Peoria that could change. This is a key season for Brandon Guyer … at 24 years old this year will likely tell if Guyer is a prospect or a suspect.. He has the tools and athleticism to make it to the next level but with guys like Tyler Colvin, Brett Jackson, Kyler Burke, James Adducci, Sam Fuld, and Matt Camp it will be very hard unless he has a breakout season.

As a fan I love his style of all out play and hope he can turn some heads this year and establish himself. With his history in the infield, there is also the possibility he could turn into a super-utility guy in the future. I think he will rebound nicely this year and may have a future at the Major League level in a backup role.

Full Name: Brandon Eric Guyer
Height: 6’1″
Weight: 210lbs.
Age: 24 (January, 26th 1986)
Bats/Throws: R/R
Position: Outfielder

2010 Minor League Ball’s Top 20 Cubs’ Prospects: Guyer didn’t make the cut but received an honorable mention.

Jonathan Mayo from MLB.com: Listed Guyer as one of the Cubs 10 prospects to watch in 2010.

Experience
Three years at the University of Virginia

Minor League Stats
2007: Guyer batted .245 in 36 games in professional debut season between Class Low A Boise and Mesa. (Guyer was coming off Tommy-John Surgery)
2008: He hit .269 in 88 games with 14 HR and 27 doubles for Class-A Peoria 22 SB (7 CS).
2009: Guyer split time between Tennessee (AA) and Daytona (High-A). He hit .190 in 57 games at Tennessee, and .347 with 16 doubles and 32 RBI at Daytona with 30 SB (7 CS).
2010: Currently playing for the Tennessee Smokies (AA).

Interesting Tidbits
- Brandon Guyer was a two-sport star in high school (he was a running back and linebacker) and had several offers from colleges to play football.
- Brandon Guyer has already hit a home run at Wrigley Field … during a minor league game while playing for the Peoria Chiefs(Low-A) in 2008.
- 2009 Baseball America’s Top 30 Cubs Prospects: 13 – A year can change a lot of things in 2009 Guyer was listed higher than Tyler Colvin (16).
- Jim Calis of Baseball America (January 8th, 2009) – Rated Guyer as the best overall athlete in the Cubs farm system. Also In a projected 2012 Big League lineup had Guyer as the starter in CF with Colvin as the starter in RF.

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