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BALLER MOVE: Draft target ~pick 325

CURRENT ADP: ~390 overall

ANALYSIS:Texas Rangers first baseman Ronald Guzman was regarded as another one of the powerful young lefty bats in Texas (see: Joey Gallo and Nomar Mazara), even though he had never hit more than 16 home runs in the minors (2016 in Double-A/Triple-A). While the power was not there in the minors, Guzman did have a .298 batting average in Triple-A in 2017 and topped an .800 OPS for the first time. Given an opportunity to perform in the big leagues in 2018, Guzman matched his minor league high with 16 home runs in 428 plate appearances and had 36 extra-base hits in total.

Guzman saw his 2018 season end relatively meekly, but his seven home runs over the last two months show that there is power potential there. A .242 batting average in Sept/October was the second-best month in terms of batting average for Guzman in the big leagues and his minor league track record shows that his average should rise in 2019 as well. Furthermore, there are batted ball statistics that show Guzman is on track to break out in 2019.

Guzman is basically unowned in all leagues according to NFBC, as his ADP is 389. Guzman is not a finished product by any stretch of the imagination, but, as we saw last season, he can be a cheap source of power that will be widely available. Maybe he is nothing more than a streamer for a few weeks during the season, but his power could win you a matchup or two in that time span.


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