Hometown: Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic Position: SS Age: 16 DOB: 10/8/1998 Bats: R Throws: R Height: 6’2″ Weight: 175 lb.
Scouting grades:Hit: 50 | Power: 40 | Run: 40 | Arm: 50 | Field: 60
Jeison developed with Jon Carmona at La Javilla academy in Santo Domingo, he was selected to the 2015 DPL Elite Travel Team. One of the top defensive shortstops in the class, scouts love Guzman’s combination of athleticism, quick feet and actions on defense.
He’s also been praised for his soft hands, instincts and a first-step quickness that allows him to get to balls that other infielders can’t reach.
On offense, Guzman has a decent bat and he has a chance to hit, but that part of his game remains a work in progress. For now, he’s considered a line-drive hitter with gap power. He’s close to average running speed, but he’s a good baserunner and is expected to improve in that area once he’s placed in a team’s academy. Guzman does not blow away scouts with his tools, but he’s an above-average baseball player and he knows the game.
Guzman has the type of glove that can keep him a lineup everyday and allow his bat to develop. He’s a savvy player and scouts like his makeup.
Guzman and the Royals agree to terms at $1.5MM