Guyer with the Tampa Bay Rays
|Born: January 28, 1986|
West Chester, Pennsylvania
|May 6, 2011, for the Tampa Bay Rays|
|MLB statistics |
(through 2018 season)
|Runs batted in||137|
|Career highlights and awards|
Brandon Eric Guyer (born January 28, 1986) is an American professional baseball outfielder who is a free agent. He has played in Major League Baseball (MLB) for the Tampa Bay Rays and Cleveland Indians. His knack for getting hit by pitches has earned the nickname, "La Piñata."
Guyer is a 2004 graduate of Herndon High School where he was a three-year letter winner in baseball as well as football. In 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 school single-game touchdown record, scoring 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. In baseball, Guyer is the Hornets' all-time career home run hitter (13) and holds the single-season home run record with eight. He 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.
Tampa Bay Rays
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 home 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 Rays roster on Opening Day.
In 2015, he led the American League in being hit by the most pitches, with 24. The MLB single-game record for being hit by pitches is three, and Guyer has been the recipient in the two most recent occurrences as of April 21, 2016: on October 2, 2015 vs. the Mets, and on April 21, 2016, vs. the Red Sox. His knack for getting pegged earned him the nickname, "La Piñata."
On August 1, 2016, Guyer was traded to the Cleveland Indians in exchange for prospects Nathan Lukes and Jhonleider Salinas. In 2016 he batted .241/.347/.406, and led the major leagues in hit by pitch, with 31.
Chicago White Sox
On February 5, 2019, Guyer signed a minor league deal with the Chicago White Sox. He was released on March 23, 2019. On March 26, he re-signed with the White Sox. He became a free agent following the 2019 season.
On April 2012 it was reported that Guyer was included as a defendant in a $5 million lawsuit with fellow Rays prospect, Matt Bush. The lawsuit was based on Bush being involved in an accident while driving Guyer's Dodge Durango; the lawsuit was settled in 2013.
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