Guzman went 3-for-4 with a home run, a walk and three RBI for Triple-A Round Rock on Monday.
During Guzman's time in the lower minors, there was significant concern that he wouldn't hit for enough power to profile as a corner-infield option in the big leagues, but he's silenced most of his critics through his play the last two seasons at Triple-A and Double-A Frisco. After accumulating 43 extra-base knocks (including 16 home runs) across both levels in 2016, Guzman has upped the ante while playing exclusively at Round Rock this season, amassing 30 extra-base hits (10 home runs) in 362 plate appearances. The Rangers don't have an opening for him to see regular at-bats with the big-league squad, but he's put himself in position to receive a September call up.
Guzman went 2-for-4 with a home run, double and two RBI for Triple-A Round Rock on Monday.
The home run was Guzman's third in as many games, and his ninth overall on the season. The 22-year-old didn't flash much power in his first exposure to the Pacific Coast League in the second half of last season, but he's made major strides in that regard in 2017 while dramatically trimming his strikeout rate and bumping up his walk rate.
Guzman went 2-for-3 with a pair of homers and three RBI for Triple-A Round Rock on Sunday.
After smacking 16 homers across two levels in 2016, Guzman has continued to show growth as a power hitter in his first full season at Round Rock. Guzman's .518 slugging percentage through 151 plate appearances is his best showing at any level of the minors, and could put him on track for a taste of the majors at some point in the second half if he's able to keep it up.
Guzman was optioned to Triple-A Round Rock on Monday, TR Sullivan of MLB.com 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, although those chances seriously dwindled with the signing of veteran Mike Napoli.
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|2015||AFA-High Desert Maverick||107||422||54||117||25||7||9||73||27||101||3||0||.319||.434||.277|
|2017||AAA-Round Rock Express||125||470||78||140||22||3||12||62||47||85||4||1||.372||.434||.298|