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Ronald Enmanuel Guzmán Rodríguez (born October 20, 1994) is a Dominican professional baseball first baseman for the Texas Rangers of Major League Baseball (MLB).

Ronald Guzmán
Ronald Guzman 2018.jpg
Guzmán in 2018
Texas Rangers – No. 11
First baseman
Born: (1994-10-20) October 20, 1994 (age 24)
La Vega, Dominican Republic
Bats: Left Throws: Left
MLB debut
April 13, 2018, for the Texas Rangers
MLB statistics
(through July 12, 2019)
Batting average.227
Home runs24
Runs batted in87
Teams

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Professional careerEdit

Minor leaguesEdit

Guzmán signed with the Texas Rangers as an international free agent in 2011, along with Nomar Mazara.[1][2] He made his professional debut in 2012 with the Arizona League Rangers of the Rookie-level Arizona League.[3][4] He played for the Hickory Crawdads of the Class A South Atlantic League in 2013, 2014 and at the start of 2015.[5][6] He finished 2015 with the High Desert Mavericks of the Class A-Advanced California League and played in the Arizona Fall League after the season. In 2016, Guzmán played for the Frisco RoughRiders of the Class AA Texas League (102 games) and for the Round Rock Express of the Class AAA Pacific Coast League (25 games). He posted a combined stat line of .274/.333/.449/.782 with 16 home runs and 67 RBI. In 2016 he was selected and appeared in the All-Star Futures Game.[7] The Rangers added him to their 40-man roster after the 2016 season.[8] Guzman spent the 2017 season with the Round Rock Express, posting a stat line of .298/.372/.434/.806 with 12 home runs and 62 RBI. After the 2017 season, the Rangers organization named him their 2017 Tom Grieve Player of the Year (minor league).[9] Guzman returned to the Round Rock Express to start the 2018 season, playing in 5 games with them before being recalled to the major leagues for the first time.

Texas RangersEdit

The Rangers promoted Guzmán to the major leagues on April 13, 2018. [10] He hit his first major league home run on April 14, 2018 to tie a game against the Houston Astros in the top of the 8th inning. On August 10, 2018, he became the first rookie to ever hit 3 home runs against the New York Yankees in the Bronx. It was his father's first time seeing his son play in a professional game.[11] Guzman finished his rookie season with a .235/.306/.416/.722 batting line with 16 home runs and 58 RBI in 123 games. Guzmán was placed on the 10-day injured list on April 7, 2019, with a right hamstring strain.[12]

Personal lifeEdit

In 2014, Guzman was home in the Dominican Republic driving his vehicle when he collided with a motorcycle. The crash resulted in the death of the driver of the motorcycle. Guzman did not face any charges from the incident, as the police determined that the motorcycle driver had failed to stop at an intersection.[13] Guzman has one daughter, named Charlotte.[14]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Rangers ink another 16-year-old; $3.5M bonus". July 9, 2011. Retrieved July 5, 2016.
  2. ^ http://www.star-telegram.com/sports/spt-columns-blogs/gil-lebreton/article135599948.html
  3. ^ "Rangers prospect primer: 18-year-old Ronald Guzman could be on fast track to majors - SportsDay". January 23, 2013. Retrieved July 5, 2016.
  4. ^ "Prospects Ronald Guzman, Nomar Mazara are jewels for Rangers". Retrieved November 19, 2016.
  5. ^ "More mature prospect Guzman back in Texas Rangers' picture". Retrieved July 5, 2016.
  6. ^ "Crawdads' Guzman thriving in midst of career crossroad". Retrieved July 5, 2016.
  7. ^ "Ronald Guzman to play in Futures Game Sunday". milb.com. Retrieved January 23, 2019.
  8. ^ "Rangers do not protect heralded prospect Beras, add Joey Gallo's high school teammate - SportsDay". November 18, 2016. Retrieved November 19, 2016.
  9. ^ "Rangers Announce 2017 Minor League Awards Recipients". nbcdfw.com. Retrieved January 23, 2019.
  10. ^ http://www.star-telegram.com/sports/mlb/texas-rangers/article208752659.html
  11. ^ "From La Vega to the Bronx, Ronald Guzmán's family sees a historic night". theathletic.com. Retrieved January 23, 2019.
  12. ^ Morris, Adam (April 7, 2019). "Ronald Guzman to i.l., Patrick Wisdom up". Lone Star Ball. SB Nation. Retrieved April 7, 2019.
  13. ^ "MLB Rookie Profile: Ronald Guzman, 1B, Texas Rangers". minorleagueball.com. Retrieved January 23, 2019.
  14. ^ "From La Vega to the Bronx, Ronald Guzmán's family sees a historic night". theathletic.com. Retrieved January 23, 2019.

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