Ronald Guzman

#67 1B / Texas Rangers / EXP: 0YRS / MINORS Height: 6-4 Weight: 225 lb Age: 22 College: None Bats/Throws L/L

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    The 6-foot-5, 205-pound Ronald 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.

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    • Rangers' Ronald Guzman: Sent to Triple-A
      By RotoWire Staff

      Guzman was optioned to Triple-A Round Rock on Monday, TR Sullivan of reports. This isn't too surprising, as Guzman was mainly added to the 40-man roster for Rule 5 protection. He did slash .288/.348/.477 with 15 homers at Double-A Frisco in 2016, earning himself a promotion to Triple-A as a 21-year-old. However, the production hasn't quite carried over to Triple-A yet, as he slashed just .216/.266/.330 in 25 games there. There was a chance he would fill the void at first base for the Rangers at some point in 2017, but it seriously dwindled with the signing of veteran Mike Napoli.

    • Rangers' Ronald Guzman: Added to 40-man roster
      By RotoWire Staff

      Guzman was added to the Rangers' 40-man roster Friday. He hit .288/.348/.477 with 15 homers from the left side with Double-A Frisco in 2016, earning a promotion to Triple-A as a 21-year-old late in the year. This move was made primarily for Rule 5 protection, but there is an opening at first base in Arlington, one which Guzman could fill by the end of the 2017 campaign.

    • Rangers' Ronald Guzman: Promoted to Triple-A
      By RotoWire Staff

      Guzman was promoted to Triple-A Round Rock on Wednesday, the Fort Worth Star Telegram's Jeff Wilson reports. Before the season it would have seemed like a bit of a stretch for Guzman to reach Triple-A this year, but he has really blossomed in 2016. He hadn't posted an OPS greater than .780 since 2012 in rookie ball, but this year he slashed .288/.348/.477 (.825 OPS) with 15 home runs in 375 at-bats as a 21-year-old in the Texas League. Guzman won't ever offer 30-homer power, which makes him less flashy than some more prominent first base prospects, but he has the bat-to-ball ability to be a starter at the highest level in a year or two.

    • Guzman, 21, is hitting .300/.363/.502 with 14 home runs and a 70:31 K:BB in 338 at-bats for Double-A Frisco. Famously inked to a $3.45 million bonus as part of the same 2011 J-2 class that netted Nomar Mazara, Guzman has lagged behind Mazara in terms of development, but things seem to be clicking this year. His previous career-high slugging percentage was .434 last year at High-A, so the strides he has made in the power department are pretty impressive. As a first base-only prospect, Guzman's bat will need to continue to shine if he hopes to profile as a regular, but he has done enough in 2016 to re-establish himself as one of the more intriguing prospects at the position in the upper levels of the minors.

    • Rangers' Ronald Guzman: Flexing muscle
      By RotoWire Staff

      Guzman, 21, is batting .356/.420/.594 with five home runs and 18 RBI through 27 games for Double-A Frisco. Guzman's stock now appears to be trending back in the right direction. He is on pace to shatter his previous career high of 12 home runs, and is also hitting for average. If he can put together an entire season like this, he would be back on the prospect radar, particularly due to his youth.

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