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Joel Guzman | Third Baseman

Team: Cincinnati Reds
Age / DOB:  (29) / 11/24/1984
Ht / Wt:  6'6' / 252
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
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Reds released INF Joel Guzman.
Guzman latched on with the Reds in January after spending last season in Japan, but he was hitting just .263 with seven homers and a .722 OPS over 65 games with Double-A Pensacola. The 27-year-old former top prospect hasn't played in the big leagues since 2007 as a member of the Rays. Wed, Jun 27, 2012 02:49:00 PM

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Reds signed INF Joel Guzman to a minor league contract.

It's not clear if the deal includes a spring training invite. Guzman, a former top prospect with the Dodgers, batted .181/.219/.298 with seven homers and an ugly 81/9 K/BB ratio over 251 plate appearances with the Chunichi Dragons in Japan's Central League last year. Now 27 years old, he's nothing more than organizational filler.
Thu, Jan 19, 2012 04:06:00 PM

Orioles signed infielder Joel Guzman to a minor league contract.

The deal does not include an invitation to spring training. Guzman, 25, hita a combined .268/.338/.421 with 12 homers between the Nationals' Double-A and Triple-A affiliates last season. He was once considered one of baseball's top prospects, but that was many years ago.
Thu, Feb 4, 2010 07:05:00 PM

In his first game since being demoted, Joel Guzman went 3-for-5 with two doubles and three RBI for Double-A Harrisburg on Sunday.

Guzman, who is likely in danger of bring written off completely if he doesn't do something this year, was hitting just .121/.171/.121 in 33 at-bats as a part-timer for Triple-A Syracuse.
Mon, May 4, 2009 02:32:00 PM

Joel Guzman went 2-for-5 and homered Saturday as the Nationals' first baseman in s 7-5 win over the Mets.

It's inevitable that Guzman will eventually be reassigned to minor league camp, but he can maybe force the Nats to put the move for a while if he keeps hitting. He's 3-for-10 so far. The former top prospect will likely be a third baseman and outfielder for Triple-A Columbus last season.
Sat, Mar 7, 2009 05:41:00 PM

Making his season debut in the DWL, Joel Guzman went 3-for-5 with two doubles and three RBI on Wednesday.

Guzman still has promise left at age 23, but no one opted to claim him off waivers when the Rays made him available in September. A big winter might lead to more interest in his services, though it's highly unlikely that he'll get to open next year in the majors.
Thu, Nov 6, 2008 03:43:00 AM

Rays designated infielder Joel Guzman for assignment.

Unless granted an extra year, Guzman will be out of options next year, and he's obviously not nearly ready after hitting .248/.276/.438 with a 103/19 K/BB ratio for Triple-A Durham. He's still just 23 and the power potential hasn't gone anywhere. However, it doesn't look like things are going to click for him anytime soon.
Tue, Sep 9, 2008 05:41:00 PM

Triple-A Durham's Joel Guzman homered in a third straight game on Sunday.

Guzman has six homers in his last eight games, so he's finally flashing his enormous power potential for the first time in a couple of years. Unfortunately, he's still at a disappointing .256/.290/.477 for the year.
Mon, May 26, 2008 01:50:00 PM

Joel Guzman finished 3-for-4 with two homers for Triple-A Durham on Friday.

A rare sign of life from Guzman. Because of Willy Aybar's issues, the Rays gave serious thought to carrying Guzman over Eric Hinske until the final weekend of the spring. Fortunately, they decided against it. Guzman still has loads of potential, but he's no major leaguer right now. He's hitting .243/.287/.417 in 144 at-bats for Durham.
Sat, May 17, 2008 04:22:00 AM

Rays optioned infielder Joel Guzman to Triple-A Durham.

Eric Hinske beat out Guzman for the Rays' final roster spot. Hinske hit better than Guzman and showed more versatility at different positions this spring. The Rays' 25-man roster is set.
Sat, Mar 29, 2008 09:53:00 AM

Joel Guzman is considered day-to-day with a bruised left ring finger.

Guzman left Sunday's game when he was hit by a pitch.
Sun, Mar 2, 2008 03:56:00 PM

Joel Guzman left Sunday's game after being hit by a pitch on the left hand.

Guzman has little chance of making the Rays as a part-time player.
Sun, Mar 2, 2008 03:03:00 PM

After dealing with visa issues, Joel Guzman and Willy Aybar are expected to report to Rays camp on Tuesday or Wednesday.

Both players will be providing competition at third base for top prospect Evan Longoria.
Tue, Feb 26, 2008 10:38:00 AM

Joel Guzman homered and doubled Friday in his season debut in the Dominican Winter League.

Guzman hit .243/.282/.378 in 37 at-bats while spending the final six weeks of the season with the Rays. He doesn't appear to be in the Rays' plans for the start of 2008, which is probably for the best. Still, since he's only turning 23 later this month, they're not giving up on him.
Sat, Nov 10, 2007 02:51:00 PM

Manager Joe Maddon said Joel Guzman and Justin Ruggiano will play in all three games of the season ending series this weekend at Toronto

Greg Norton and Jonny Gomes figure to sit to make room.
Thu, Sep 27, 2007 09:31:00 PM

Depth Charts

Batters
PosRoleName
C1Devin Mesoraco
2Brayan Peña
1B1Joey Votto
2B1Brandon Phillips
2Ramon Santiago
SS1Zack Cozart
3B1Todd Frazier
2Jack Hannahan
LF1Ryan Ludwick
2Chris Heisey
CF1Billy Hamilton
2Skip Schumaker
3Kristopher Negron
RF1Jay Bruce
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1Johnny Cueto
2Mat Latos
3Homer Bailey
4Mike Leake
5Alfredo Simon
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Aroldis Chapman
2Jonathan Broxton
3Manny Parra
4Sam LeCure
5Jumbo Diaz
6Logan Ondrusek
7Pedro Villarreal
8Daniel Corcino
9Trevor Bell
10Sean Marshall