Sleeper Report: Breakouts
Jesús Guzmán – 1B – Padres
The line on Guzman is simple, he can hit and can’t field. He has spent time in the minors and in Venezuela and the story stays the same, great hitter, bad fielder. You would have thought he would have made his way to the American League , but no such luck for Guzman. Instead he had his contract purchased by the San Diego Padres and while that is usually bad news for hitters, Petco Field is perfect for Guzman’s line-drive hitting style.
The early evidence shows this to be true as Guzman hit .312 with five home runs, two triples, 22 doubles and nine stolen bases with 247 at bats in 2011 for the Padres (batted .347 at home).
Guzman will hardly be handed any starting position because of his awful defense and now the Padres have acquired prospect Yonder Alonso from the Reds. The two will battle it out for left field or first base. It will be a great battle to watch in Spring Training, but if Guzman hits like he did in 2011, he will find starting time somewhere in major league baseball and help many fantasy owners.