Brandon Guyer

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Brandon Guyer
Brandon Guyer on September 12, 2011.jpg
Guyer with the Tampa Bay Rays
San Francisco Giants
Born: (1986-01-28) January 28, 1986 (age 34)
West Chester, Pennsylvania
Bats: Right Throws: Right
MLB debut
May 6, 2011, for the Tampa Bay Rays
MLB statistics
(through 2018 season)
Batting average.250
Home runs32
Runs batted in137
Career highlights and awards

Brandon Eric Guyer (born January 28, 1986) is an American professional baseball outfielder for the San Francisco Giants organization. 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 him the nickname, "La Piñata."[1]

Amateur career[edit]

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.[2] 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.[2]

Guyer attended the University of Virginia, and played college baseball for the Virginia Cavaliers baseball team. In 2006, he played collegiate summer baseball with the Harwich Mariners of the Cape Cod Baseball League.[3] He was selected by the Chicago Cubs in the 5th round of the 2007 MLB Draft.

Professional career[edit]

In 2010, playing for the Chicago Cubs Tennessee Smokies affiliate in the Southern League, he was second in the league in batting (.344), third in doubles (39) and slugging percentage (.588), tied for seventh in steals (30), and ninth in OBP (.398).[4]

Tampa Bay Rays[edit]

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.[5][6]

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,[7] as well as the first player to ever hit a home run in his first career at-bat in Camden Yards.[8] On May 8, he was optioned back to Durham, for whom for the season he batted .312/.384/.521.[9]

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.[10] 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.[11] 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.[12]

Guyer returned to the majors in 2014, and was on the Rays roster on Opening Day.[13]

In 2015, he led the American League in being hit by the most pitches, with 24, in 332 at bats.[14] 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."[1]

Cleveland Indians[edit]

On August 1, 2016, Guyer was traded to the Cleveland Indians in exchange for prospects Nathan Lukes and Jhonleider Salinas.[15] In 2016 he batted .241/.347/.406 in 293 at bats, and led the major leagues in hit by pitch, with 31.[16]

On January 18, 2017, Guyer signed a two-year, $5 million contract with the Indians. The contract also included a $3 million club option for the 2019 season.[17] In 2017 he batted .236/.326/.327 in 165 at bats.[18]

In 2018 he batted .206/.300/.371 in 194 at bats.[18]

The Indians bought out Guyer's contact for 2019, making him a free agent, on October 30, 2018.[19]

Chicago White Sox[edit]

On February 5, 2019, Guyer signed a minor league deal with the Chicago White Sox.[20] He was released on March 23, 2019.[21] On March 26, he re-signed with the White Sox. He became a free agent following the 2019 season.[22]

San Francisco Giants[edit]

On February 3, 2020, Guyer signed a minor league deal with the San Francisco Giants.


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.[23]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b ""Brandon Guyer's strategy not a hit with David Price" - The Boston Globe". Retrieved 2016-04-24.
  2. ^ a b Koubaroulis, BJ (23 July 2012). "Top 100: Brandon Guyer, Herndon, 2004". Retrieved 13 February 2016.
  3. ^ "Major League Baseball Players From the Cape Cod League" (PDF). Retrieved September 25, 2019.
  4. ^ "2010 Southern League Batting Leaders". 1970-01-01. Retrieved 2020-02-22.
  5. ^ Source: Cubs agree to Garza deal | ESPN
  6. ^ "Cubs, Rays close to completing deal for Matt Garza | News". Retrieved 2011-01-07.
  7. ^ Stroud, Rick (May 7, 2011). "Brandon Guyer's homer leads Tampa Bay Rays past Baltimore Orioles 6-2". St. Petersburg Times. Archived from the original on May 8, 2011. Retrieved May 8, 2011.
  8. ^ Mitchell, LaMichael. "2012 Tampa Bay Rays Media Guide".
  9. ^ Stroud, Rick (May 8, 2011). "Rays option OF Guyer to Durham, recall P Delaney". St. Petersburg Times. Archived from the original on October 15, 2012. Retrieved May 8, 2011.
  10. ^ Chastain, Bill. "Keppinger to restricted list; Rays add Guyer". Retrieved May 26, 2012.
  11. ^ Smith, Joe (May 17, 2012). "Tampa Bay Rays trade for Phillies minor-league veteran Rich Thompson to add outfield depth". St. Petersburg Times.
  12. ^ Laymance, Austin. "Guyer to have season-ending shoulder surgery". Retrieved May 26, 2012.
  13. ^ " GAMEDAY". March 31, 2014.
  14. ^ "Yearly League Leaders & Records for Hit By Pitch |". Retrieved 2016-04-24.
  15. ^ Cleveland Indians acquire outfielder Brandon Guyer from Tampa Bay for prospects |
  16. ^ 2016 Regular Season MLB Baseball Batting Statistics and League Leaders - Major League Baseball - ESPN
  17. ^ Adams, Steve (January 18, 2017). "Indians Sign Brandon Guyer To Two-Year Deal". Retrieved January 18, 2017.
  18. ^ a b "Brandon Guyer Stats". Retrieved 2020-02-22.
  19. ^ Indians Exercise Club Option Over Carlos Carrasco, Buy Out Brandon Guyer - MLB Trade Rumors
  20. ^ Adams, Steve (February 5, 2019). "White Sox, Brandon Guyer Agree To Minor League Deal". Retrieved February 5, 2019.
  21. ^ Adams, Steve (March 22, 2019). "White Sox Release Brandon Guyer". Retrieved March 22, 2019.
  22. ^ Matt Eddy (November 7, 2019). "Minor League Free Agents 2019". Baseball America. Retrieved November 8, 2019.
  23. ^ Smith, Joe (15 May 2013). "Civil case settled for ex-Ray RHP Matt Bush and Brandon Guyer". Tampa Bay Times. Archived from the original on 4 March 2016. Retrieved 8 January 2017.

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