Best Player: 1B Ronald Guzman
The 6-fopt-5 Guzman keeps indicated that he might be the Rangers’ first baseman of the future after another solid season, this time at Triple-A Round Rock. He just missed a .300 season, settling at .298 after a seven-game hitless streak at the end of the season.
Signed for $3.35 million in 2011 out of the Dominican Republic, Guzman continued to show moderate power, with 13 home runs, and posted a career-best .372 on-base percentage. The Rangers like the way Guzman, who turns 23 in October, hits to all fields and the improvements he has made defensively.
“I thought he was going to be a dead pull hitter, but he’s more of a gap-to-gap hitter,” Round Rock manager Jason Wood said. “It was really good. He had a good season.”