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Who is Jorge Guzman?

Jorge Guzman with the Gulf Coast League Orioles in 2016 (Bryan Green)

Thursday night we got our first New York Yankees trade of the offseason when it was announced that the Bronx Bombers sent catcher/designated hitter Brian McCann to the Houston Astron for right-handed pitchers Albert Abreu and Jorge Guzman.  Abreu is the centerpiece of the deal, one of the Astros top prospects but who his Jorge Guzman.

Guzman, 20, was born in Las Mata de Santa Cruz, Dominican Republic.  The 6-foot 2-inch right-handed pitcher signed with the Astros on June 15, 2014 as part of their international free agent class.   He is a hard-throwing pitcher who can touch 101-103 miles per hour on the radar gun per Baseball America.

In 2015 he made his professional debut with the Dominican Summer League Astros before spending some time in the Gulf Coast League.  Between the 3 teams he pitched for he owned a 3-4 record with a 5.04 ERA, striking out 29 batters in 55 1/3 innings of work.

This past season Guzman split his time between the Gulf Coast League and the Appalachian League.  Between the two rookie level affiliates he had a 3-4 record with a 4.05 ERA and 54 strikeouts in 40 innings of work.  He never threw more than 5 innings in a game.

Baseball America describes him as a potential long-term power reliever, someone who can lockdown the back of the bullpen.  He reportedly tends to over throw per J.J. Cooper when he dials it up to the high-90s.  He compliments his powerful fastball with a slider and a developing changeup.

In 2017 Guzman could find himself making his Yankees debut in New York City with the Staten Island affiliate of the New York-Penn League or see a return trip to the Appalachian League with the Pulaski Yankees.

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