Brandon Guyer, Outfield, Cleveland Indians, #6
Date of Birth: 1/28/1986
Birthplace: West Chester, Pennsylvania
College: University of Virginia
Brandon Guyer, left fielder for the Cleveland Indians, was a top baseball and football player in high school. He was first drafted by the Chicago Cubs in 2007 but he only played in their minor league system. In January, 2011, the Cubs traded him to the Tampa Bay Rays.
Guyer played in the Rays' minor league system from 2011 through 2013, joining the Rays for 15 games in 2011 and 3 games in 2012. He finished the 2014 season with 69 hits, 15 doubles, 52 strikeouts to 16 walks, and a .266 batting average in 97 games. As a left fielder, he made 101 putouts with no errors in 62 games.
In 2015, Guyer batted .265 with 88 hits and 21 doubles in 128 games. Defensively, he played 60 games in left field, 23 games in center field, and 41 games in right field.
Guyer was traded to the Indians on August 1, 2016. He finished the 2016 season with 78 hits, 17 doubles, 32 RBIs, and a .266 batting average in 63 games with the Rays and 38 games with the Indians. Defensively, he played 51 games in left field, 18 games in center field, and 19 games in right field. In the postseason, he batted .333 with 6 hits and 3 RBIs in 18 at-bats in 10 games.
Guyer signed a two-year contract extension with the Indians on January 18, 2017. The contract includes a club option for 2019.
In 2017, Guyer batted .236 in 70 games with the Indians. Defensively, he played 33 games in left field and 37 games in right field. He didn't play in the postseason.
Career batting statistics for Guyer through 2017 include:
- 414 games played
- 283 hits
- 110 RBIs
- 221 strikeouts to 76 walks
- .258 batting average