Ben Guez

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Ben Guez
Detroit Tigers
Outfielder
Born: (1987-01-24) January 24, 1987 (age 27)
Houston, Texas
Bats: Right Throws: Right

Benjamin James "Ben" Guez (born January 24, 1987) is an American minor league baseball outfielder in the Detroit Tigers organization.

Guez was drafted by the Tigers in 2008, and has played in Detroit's minor league system since then. In 2012, he was named an MiLB.com Organization All Star for the season, and the Scout.com Toledo Mud Hens Player of the Year. Guez also played for the Israel national baseball team in the Qualification Round to the 2013 World Baseball Classic, playing under the team's manager Brad Ausmus.

Early life and personal[edit]

Guez was born in Houston, Texas, where he resides during the off-season.[1][2] He is Jewish, was Bar Mitzvah at Congregation Or Hadash in 2000, and says his Jewish upbringing "definitely made me more disciplined as a person."[3] His father Charles Guez is a professor of business at the University of Houston, and a docent at the Holocaust Museum Houston.[3] His mother is Jean Guez, and he has an older sister named Julia.[4]

Guez played Little League at West U.[3] He won a gold medal with the 2003 Houston Maccabi baseball team.[3]

He attended Lamar High School in Houston, graduating in 2005.[5] There, he played center field for the baseball team, lettering twice, and was first team All-District in 2004 and 2005.[6][3][7][8] He was also selected to the pre-season All-Houston All Star team, and played in the All-Greater-Houston All Star game.[8]

College career[edit]

Guez played college baseball at William and Mary, where he majored in economics and kinesiology.[1][8] In 2007, as a sophomore, he posted a .270 batting average, with 2 home runs and 24 runs batted in. [2] The following year as a junior, his average jumped to .390 and he hit 13 homers, while being ranked 9th nationally in runs scored with 75 (the second-highest total in school history), driving in 51 runs and stealing 15 bases, and he had a .470 on-base percentage and .662 slugging percentage, in 57 games, earning All-Colonial Athletic Association honors, and being named to the Second-Team American Baseball Coaches Association East All-Region Team.[2][9][1][6][10] That season, he squeeze bunted for the district championship.[11]

During the summer of 2006, he played for the Covington Lumberjacks in the Valley Baseball League, batting .272 with 2 home runs, 18 RBIs, and 12 stolen bases in 42 games.[2] In the summer of 2007 he played with the Bourne Braves in the Cape Cod League, hitting .282 with 3 home runs, 24 RBIs, and 9 stolen bases, and started in center field in the Cape Cod League All-Star Game.[2]

In June 2008, after being recommended by Bill Buck, he was taken by the Tigers in the 19th round of the draft.[9][1][2]

Minor league career[edit]

2008–10[edit]

After being drafted, Guez joined the Oneonta Tigers for his first professional season, and batted .223 over the course of 70 games in 2008.[1] He homered 5 times, drove in 25 runs, and tied for the league lead with 8 outfield assists.[9][1][2][3]

Guez played for the West Michigan Whitecaps, Detroit's affiliate in the Midwest League, for the 2009 season.[1][12] In 104 appearances, he batted .275 with 12 homers and 64 RBIs, and tied for fourth in the Midwest League with a .483 slugging percentage.[1] [2] A right hamstring strain caused him to take a trip to the disabled list from June 10–25. [2] He rebounded to earn Midwest League Player of the Week honors after batting .440 with 2 homers and 6 runs batted in, and was second in the Midwest League with 67 total bases, from July 13–19.[1] [2][11][13][14] Guez's performance during August, a month in which he hit .355, homered 4 times, and drove in 16 runs, led to him being named the Tigers Minor League Player of the Month.[9][2]

In 2010, Guez started the year with the Lakeland Flying Tigers.[1][2] After making only nine appearances with Lakeland, he was promoted to the Toledo Mud Hens, Detroit's top minor league team.[2] On June 3, Guez returned to Lakeland, and remained there for three weeks before joining the Erie Seawolves on June 24.[2] He once again rejoined Lakeland on July 6.[2] Ten days later, he was moved to Toledo and he finished the minor league season with the Mud Hens.[2] Overall, Guez made 105 appearances with the three clubs, batting .249, homering 10 times, and driving in 43 runs while stealing 14 bases.[9][1][2] During the winter, he played for the Surprise Rafters of the Arizona Fall League.[15]

2011–present[edit]

Guez split the 2011 season between Erie and Toledo.[1] He appeared in 38 games with the Seawolves, batting .299 with 4 homers and 24 RBIs and a .504 slugging percentage.[1][6] In 95 appearances for the Mud Hens, his average was .278, he homered 3 times and drove in 32 runs.[16][1]

As was the case the year before, Guez played with both Erie and Toledo in 2012.[1] He batted .308 with a .481 on-base percentage for Erie over the course of 26 games, while homering 3 times and getting 11 runs batted in.[1][6] He appeared in 82 games with Toledo and posted a .284 average, .379 on-base percentage, and 455. slugging percentage, with 6 home runs and 37 RBIs with the Mud Hens.[16][1][17] He was named an MiLB.com Organization All Star for the season, and the Scout.com Toledo Mud Hens Player of the Year.[1][17]

In the winter of 2013–14, he played for the Águilas de Mexicali in the Mexican Pacific League.[18]

He began the 2014 season playing for the Toledo Mud Hens.[19]

In his minor league career he has played all three outfield positions, but mostly played right field and center field.[6]

International career[edit]

Guez was a member of the Israel national baseball team (Team Israel) in the Qualification Round to the 2013 World Baseball Classic in September 2012, playing under the team's manager Brad Ausmus.[20][21][22] Team Israel, under the Classic's rules, was entitled to have non-Israeli citizens of Jewish heritage play for the team.[1][23][24][25][26][27] Guez said that when Ausmus called him up and asked him to play for Team Israel, "it was like a shoo-in. I was honored that he would ask to play for his team. It was kind of a no-brainer."[22]

He batted leadoff and played center field, and joined an outfield that included Adam Greenberg, Joc Pederson, Robbie Widlansky, and Shawn Green.[28][29][30] Israel lost to Spain in extra innings in the Pool Finals, missing out on a spot in the World Baseball Classic.[31][32][33][22]

References[edit]

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  2. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q "Ben Guez Stats, Video Highlights, Photos, Bio". Detroit.tigers.mlb.com. Retrieved April 14, 2014. 
  3. ^ a b c d e f Matt Samuels (August 26, 2010). "Moving up the ladder: Houston native Guez elevates game, status in Detroit Tigers system". Jewish Herald-Voice. Retrieved April 14, 2014. 
  4. ^ Erin Lewis (July 11, 2007). "Braves outfielder has ‘Ben’ there, done that". Bourne Courier. Retrieved April 14, 2014. 
  5. ^ "Ben Guez Baseball Profile". Perfect Game USA. Retrieved April 14, 2014. 
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  7. ^ Williams, Sarah (November 21, 2010). "Dream comes true for lifelong friends". Yourhoustonnews.com. Retrieved April 14, 2014. 
  8. ^ a b c "Tribe Baseball". tribeathletics.com. 2007. Retrieved April 14, 2014. 
  9. ^ a b c d e 2011 Tigers Media Guide. 2011. pp. 92–93. 
  10. ^ "Sheridan and Guez Selected to All-ECAC First Team – William & Mary". Tribeathletics.com. June 18, 2008. Retrieved April 14, 2014. 
  11. ^ a b Dean Holzwarth (July 20, 2009). "Whitecaps' Ben Guez stays hot in second half". MLive.com. Retrieved April 14, 2014. 
  12. ^ Gary Bond. "Ben Guez homers in Whitecaps' win over Peoria". The Grand Rapids Press. Retrieved April 14, 2014. 
  13. ^ Gary Bond (July 20, 2009). "Whitecaps outfielder Ben Guez honored by MWL". The Grand Rapids Press. Retrieved April 14, 2014. 
  14. ^ "Guez named MWL Player of the Week". OurSports Central. July 20, 2009. Retrieved April 14, 2014. 
  15. ^ "Ben Guez Baseball Statistics (2006–2014)". The Baseball Cube. Retrieved April 18, 2014. 
  16. ^ a b "Ben Guez Minor League Statistics and History". Sports–Reference.com. Baseball–Reference.com. Retrieved February 1, 2013. 
  17. ^ a b "2012 TigsTown Awards: Toledo Mud Hens". Tigers.scout.com. October 9, 2012. Retrieved April 14, 2014. 
  18. ^ Berry, Adam (January 2, 2014). "Winter League Roundup: Mexicali takes playoff opener". Getbrainy.com. Retrieved April 14, 2014. 
  19. ^ "Mud Hens release opening day roster | BCSN". The Blade. March 29, 2014. Retrieved April 14, 2014. 
  20. ^ Kuttler, Hillel (November 9, 2013). "For Brad Ausmus, Road to Detroit Tigers Job Ran Through Israel". Forward. Retrieved April 14, 2014. 
  21. ^ Kuttler, Hillel (March 28, 2014). "Braun’s back, Kinsler’s in Detroit and other Jewish Major Leaguers". AZ Jewish Post. Retrieved April 14, 2014. 
  22. ^ a b c George Sipple (November 3, 2013). "Tigers farmhand tells what it's like to play for Ausmus the manager". Detroit Free Press. Retrieved April 14, 2014. 
  23. ^ "World Baseball Classic: Israel, managed by Brad Ausmus". Sporting News. May 21, 2012. Retrieved March 14, 2013. 
  24. ^ Belson, Ken (June 1, 2011). "Israel to Participate in 2013 World Baseball Classic". The New York Times. Retrieved July 16, 2011. 
  25. ^ Jeremy Fine. "Beginning of the Season MLB Headlines". The Great Rabbino. Retrieved July 16, 2011. 
  26. ^ Aaron Yellin (June 7, 2011). "Israel to Participate in 2013 World Baseball Classic". The Forward. Retrieved July 16, 2011. 
  27. ^ Sammy Hudes (July 12, 2010). "Jews to Play in Baseball All-Star Game". Shalom Life. Retrieved November 4, 2013. 
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  30. ^ Megdal, Howard (September 24, 2012). "A sad ending for Team Israel and mighty Shawn Green". Capital New York. Retrieved April 14, 2014. 
  31. ^ Jorge Castillo (March 3, 2013). "Mets' Q-and-A with utility player Josh Satin". The Star-Ledger. Retrieved April 8, 2013. 
  32. ^ Corey Brock (October 25, 2012). "Padres prospect Freiman looks to raise his game; First baseman enjoys the competition in World Classic, Arizona Fall League". mlb.com. Retrieved March 12, 2013. 
  33. ^ "Astros select Fields, Freiman in Major League portion of Rule 5 Draft". mlb.com. December 6, 2012. Retrieved March 12, 2013. 

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