Guyer with the Tampa Bay Rays
Tampa Bay Rays – No. 5
January 28, 1985 |
West Chester, Pennsylvania
|May 6, 2011 for the Tampa Bay Rays|
(through 2014 season)
|Runs batted in||30|
Career highlights and awards
Guyer is a 2004 graduate of Herndon High School where he was a 3-year varsity football player and also spent three years on the varsity baseball team.
Football - He rushed for over 1,000 yards as a tailback for the Hornets in both his junior and senior seasons. As a senior, he set the single-game touchdown record for Herndon when he scored seven touchdowns during a 285-yard rushing performance on homecoming night (October 4, 2003, Herndon 44, West Potomac 26). Guyer helped Herndon break a six-year Northern Region playoff drought, leading the Hornets to a 7-4 season. He was a third team all-state pick as a junior and a second team all-state pick as a senior.
Baseball - Hornets' all-time career home run hitter (13), single-season home run record with eight. Was a part of the Hornets 19-4 Concorde District championship squad in 2002—the last time Herndon won a district title. As a senior, he had 23 RBI, a .483 batting average and was walked 19 times.
After the 2010 season, Guyer was included in a trade to the Tampa Bay Rays with Hak-Ju Lee, Chris Archer, Robinson Chirinos and Cubs outfielder Sam Fuld for Matt Garza, Fernando Perez and Zac Rosscup.
On May 5, 2011 Guyer was called up to the majors after a successful stint with the Durham Bulls. The next day, in his first major league at bat, he hit a 2-run home run off of Baltimore Orioles rookie pitcher Zach Britton. In doing so, Guyer became the second player in Rays history to hit a home run in his first career at-bat, as well as the first player to ever hit a homer run in his first career at-bat in Camden Yards. On May 8, he was optioned back to Durham.
Guyer began the 2012 season with Triple-A Durham, hitting .294 with 3 HR and 13 RBI in 22 games before being recalled to Tampa Bay on May 9 after Jeff Keppinger was placed on the restricted list. Guyer played in 3 games with Tampa Bay, going 1-7 with a home run, before he hit the disabled list with a shoulder strain. On May 25, the Rays announced that Guyer was placed on the injured reserve list after undergoing surgery to repair a torn labrum in his left shoulder.
Guyer returned to the majors in 2014, and was on the Tampa Rays roster on opening day, during which he pinch ran and scored a run in a Rays' victory over the Toronto Blue Jays.
On April 4, 2012 it was reported that Guyer was included as a defendant in a $10 million lawsuit with fellow Rays prospect, Matt Bush. The lawsuit stems from Bush being involved in a hit-and-run while driving Guyer's Dodge Durango.
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- Smith, Joe (May 17, 2012). "Tampa Bay Rays trade for Phillies minor-league veteran Rich Thompson to add outfield depth". St. Petersburg Times.
- Laymance, Austin. "Guyer to have season-ending shoulder surgery". raysbaseball.com. Retrieved May 26, 2012.
- "MLB.com GAMEDAY". March 31, 2014.
- Career statistics and player information from MLB, or Baseball-Reference, or The Baseball Cube, or Baseball-Reference (Minors)
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