Joel Guzmán

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Joel Guzmán
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Guzmán as a non-roster invitee of the Washington Nationals in 2009 spring training.
Infielder
Born: (1984-11-24) November 24, 1984 (age 29)
Batted: Right Threw: Right
MLB debut
June 1, 2006 for the Los Angeles Dodgers
Last MLB appearance
September 30, 2007 for the Tampa Bay Devil Rays
Career statistics
Batting average .232
Home runs 0
Runs batted in 7
Teams

Irvin Joel Vigo Guzmán (born November 24, 1984 in Quisqueya, Dominican Republic) is a Dominican professional baseball infielder.

Guzmán signed with the Los Angeles Dodgers as an international free agent on July 2, 2001. He worked his way through the minor leagues, becoming a top prospect. He was named the Dodgers Minor League Player of the Year in 2004 and was elected to the Florida State League All-Star Game. In 2005, he was named a Southern League All-Star. Guzmán has also played in the All-Star Futures Game twice, in 2004 and 2006. With a jump to the Major League level predicted for the 2006 season, Dodgers manager Grady Little converted Guzmán to left field during spring training. With Rafael Furcal, César Izturis, and Oscar Robles already shortstops on the Dodgers major league roster, the position change was made in an attempt to give Guzmán increased opportunity to play with the Dodgers in 2006.

Guzmán was traded on July 31, 2006, to the Tampa Bay Devil Rays with Sergio Pedroza for Julio Lugo. In 2007, he made a brief appearance with the Devil Rays, but spent most of his time with the Triple-A Durham Bulls. He became a free agent at the end of the season and signed a minor league deal with the Washington Nationals. On February 4, 2010, The Orioles signed Joel Guzman to a minor league deal, and he completed the 2010 season at the AA level playing for the Bowie Baysox. On December 22, 2010 it was announced that he signed a deal to play in Japan for the Chunichi Dragons in 2011.

On Jan. 19, 2012, he signed a minor league contract with the Cincinnati Reds.

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