OMG: Tampa Bay Rays

I just finished watching the Rays’ final exhibition game of the spring, here in Tropicana Field, so this is good timing. Here’s their talent-laden Top 10 Prospects list. After that, here’s OMG (One More Guy) from their system… though in this case it’s really One More Guyer*:

Brandon Guyer, OF: While Chris Archer and Hak-Ju Lee are the two from the Matt Garza trade to land in the Top 10,

Brandon Guyer came to the Rays in the Matt Garza deal

that doesn’t mean we should forget all about Guyer and Robinson Chirinos. The Rays got four future big leaguers in this deal. And Guyer’s not too far away from helping out. The description below is largely from the breakdowns of this fantastic four I wrote back when the trade went down (I figured, why duplicate effort?).

Guyer is a toolsy outfielder who really started to turn his tremendous athletic ability into on-field performance over the past couple of seasons. He really broke out in 2010, though he ended up with just 369 at-bats as he dealt with a shoulder issue. When he was playing, he was outstanding, earning Southern League All-Star honors and being named by MLB.com as the Cubs system’s hitter of the year for batting .344/.398/.588 with 30 steals for Double-A Tennessee.

A former football standout in high school, Guyer brings that game’s mentality to baseball with an all-out aggressive style on both sides of the ball. He’s got very good speed and his power continues to develop. Guyer got 10 ABs this spring on the big league side, going 1-for-1o with a double.  He can play anywhere in the outfield and could very well start the year with Triple-A Durham.

*Bad Guyer pun comes courtesy of Jason Ratliff.

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