The Farm Boy Files: Brandon Guyer

The Farm Boy Files is a feature designed to better acquaint us all with our Cubs prospects. This week’s profile is on outfielder Brandon Guyer.

Full Name- Brandon Eric Guyer
Basic Info- 6’1”, 216 lbs.
B/T: Right
Born: January 28, 1986 in Charlottesville, Virginia (or in West Chester, Pennslvania, depending on where you look.)
Selected by the Cubs out of The University of Virginia in the 5th round of the 2007 draft.

Stats:

Year Tm Lev G AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB CS BB SO BA OPS
2007 2 Teams Rk-A- 36 143 19 35 5 1 1 19 11 2 11 25 .245 .642
2007 Cubs Rk 17 72 10 16 4 1 1 5 6 2 5 16 .222 .656
2007 Boise A- 19 71 9 19 1 0 0 14 5 0 6 9 .268 .627
2008 Peoria A 88 327 55 88 27 3 14 38 22 7 19 63 .269 .830
2009 2 Teams A+-AA 130 454 62 128 28 5 3 46 30 7 34 67 .282 .724
2009 Daytona A+ 73 265 40 92 16 3 2 32 23 2 24 34 .347 .859
2009 Tennessee AA 57 189 22 36 12 2 1 14 7 5 10 33 .190 .527
3 Seasons 254 924 136 251 60 9 18 103 63 16 64 155 .272 .749

Scouting Report-
Brandon is built along the lines of a line-backer. He’s a hard-nosed, all-out type player with good tools. He’s got plus speed, an above average arm, and a sharp batting eye. Although he collected only 3 home runs in 2009, higher-ups in the Cubs organization believe he might eventually hit for power. According to Vineline Magazine’s poll of Cubs minor league coaches and scouts, Brandon ranks among the system’s best in raw speed, base-stealing ability, and baserunning instincts.

From the horse’s mouth-
“Everything I do in life is 100%…”
“I’m definitely fearless. I won’t hesitate to run into any wall here. I mean, that’s just how I play. Some may call it [reckless] and it might be a little [reckless] and stupid at times, but I don’t know–I’ve always done that”
Via a May 2007 interview with NBC 29
“There are definitely many ups and downs so I try to keep an even keel with it all. But, nothing can beat being able to play baseball for a living so I am just going out every day and having fun with it and doing whatever I can to make it to the next level.”
Via a June 2008 interview with TheSabre.com, which offers UVA sports coverage.

I’m rooting for Brandon because…

Let’s be honest. The commonwealth of Virginia isn’t exactly a hotbed for producing baseball talent. I get a little “Rah! Rah!” when it comes to players from here… except for David Wright. He’s no fellow statesman (commonwealther?) of mine. The rest, though, I feel a certain pride in. Justin Verlander, Brandon Inge, the Upton brothers, Michael Cuddyer, Sean Marshall, etc., I hope for Brandon Guyer to one day join their ranks.

P.S.
I remembered to say “commonwealth” and not “state.” Score one for me!

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2 thoughts on “The Farm Boy Files: Brandon Guyer

  1. Pingback: UGGHH! (Oh… and welcome to Chicago, Matt Garza.) « The Fair Base Ballist

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