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