Prospect Profile: Agustin Guzman

You typically don't find too many 17 year olds competing at the Gulf Coast League level, if for no other reason than it's often tough to graduate high school before the age of 18. But Agustin Guzman got around the system, moving to the United States and playing JUCO ball, enabling himself to get drafted and get his pro career underway.

Agustin Guzman
Position: Second Baseman Height: 6-0 Weight: 185
Born: 10/10/1987 Bats: Right Throws: Right

Guzman joined the Tiger organization (18th round 2005 draft) after a sensational 2005 campaign with Baton Rouge Community College. Posting an absurd line of .459/.535/.945 as a 17-year old JUCO player, Guzman was among the national leaders in many offensive categories. Considered an unlikely sign on draft day, Guzman fell from the first ten rounds to the Tigers in the 18th, where he was well worth the gamble. The Tigers were able to convince him to sign with what has been reported as a somewhat significant signing bonus, and in the end, it may have been a great investment. Guzman's numbers with the GCL Tigers don't come close to his collegiate numbers, but they are still intriguing. A line of .198/.276/.337 may not raise many eyebrows on the surface, but there are many intriguing aspects that warrant attention as he progresses. As a player who only turned 18 after the conclusion of the GCL season, Guzman will again be one of the younger members of whatever league he encounters next season.

Scouting Report
Guzman's bat is likely to carry him at every stop along the way. Offensively, Agustin made huge strides during the fall of 2004 and spring of 2005, becoming a very mature and patient hitter, who dominated mediocre JUCO pitching. Guzman has a long, wiry, and deceptively strong frame that generates power to all fields with raw strength and quick wrists. Despite his ability to hit with authority to all fields, Guzman has a tendency to get pull happy at times, but that should iron out with added maturity. Agustin's command of the strike zone, and pitch recognition are very advanced for a player of his age and experience, and that should suit him well as he advances. If his body can catch up with his mental maturity, he could move very quickly through the system. Defensively, Guzman has the ability to remain at second, but will never flash exceptional range, and only posses an average arm on the pivot. He's likely to remain an average middle infield defender, and it is possible his bat could carry him at third or an outfield corner if necessary. Despite his lack of range, Guzman is quite athletic and understands defensive positioning and angles well. There is a slight chance he could become an above-average defender, but the overwhelming likelihood is that his bat will be his calling card to any professional success he may experience.














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Health Record
At his young age, Guzman has yet to encounter any significant injury problems.

The Future
Guzman is a player that the Tigers are quite enamored with, and they will watch him intently over the coming seasons. His combination of raw skill and rare mental maturity for a player his age makes him a promising player that could develop into an elite middle infield talent in short order. Guzman is likely to head to Oneonta in 2006, and the generally pitcher-friendly environment of the NYPL could mask some intriguing numbers and keep the hype surrounding Agustin down for another year. A conservative projection for Guzman at this time could be Damien Easley at his peak, but that projection could prove to be very modest as time progresses. As previously mentioned, Guzman has the ability to become an elite prospect in a system in dire need of depth and top flight talent. Look for him to gain additional publicity with a solid showing in the NYPL in 2006.

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