It has been a banner season for New Britain outfielder Garrett Guzman, who appears fully back from a potentially career-ending injury in 2005. Guzman, who suffered a broken neck back in 2005, was recently the only Rock Cat named to the Eastern League post season All-Star roster. Guzman, a sweet-swinging left-handed outfielder, batted .302 for the Rock Cats, and smacked 13 home runs.
Guzman broke his neck in an automobile accident in 2005, and many felt it would end a potentially Major League career. Since then, Guzman has hushed all his critics, and appears ready to get a shot with the Minnesota Twins in 2008. He will for sure be in the middle of the Rochester Red Wings lineup next season, and could get a call-up to Minnesota if he continues to produce.
This season, Guzman is the only regular on the New Britain roster to bat over .300 for the season. He has shown the ability to hit the ball to all fields, and has tremendous gap power. In 437 at-bats, he has shown great plate discipline, striking out only 45 times all season long. A low strikeout total like that will usually result in the kind of statistics he is putting up.
For the season, Guzman is third among full-season players in batting average, only behind International League All-Star catcher Jose Morales, and injured Twins third baseman Brian Buscher.