5'11" 170 lbs DOB: 10/7/1991
Bats: Right | Throws: Right
Acquired: 2006, Venezuela
Guevara ranked 10th on this list a season ago, and after raking in the Venezuelan Summer League in 2009 seemed poised to break out in the states in 2010. The Rays rather aggressively started him out in Princeton, where he played the season as an 18-year-old.
His .251/.308/.363 line didn't quite live up to expectations, especially when compared to his .330/.374/.534 effort in the VSL. But there were some positives to be found. Like Cesar Perez, his low strikeout rate -- just 31 times in 64 games -- indicates he wasn't overmatched. He struggled against righties but crushed lefties, hitting .329/.390/.571 in 70 at bats against them. He was also a little more athletic than advertised, swiping 9 bases while being caught twice (though he's by no means a burner: he grounded into a lot of double plays). He switched from SS in Venezuela to 2B in the States, where his actions and footwork are at least average.
Don't let the smallish frame fool you, though, because Guevara's quite capable of hitting for power. He may not project as a huge home run hitter, but he makes hard contact consistently and should hit for a good number of extra-base hits. He's athletic enough to play up the middle at 2B, though he'll need to keep his body in good condition as a move to 3B would hurt his value. He'll probably never put more up than average walk numbers, but he off-sets that by not striking out often and has the contact skills to be a .300 or better hitter.
Depending on how aggressive they wish to be, Guevara could get a promotion past Hudson Valley and into full-season ball. If that's the case, I'd expect a bit of an adjustment period before he settles in and starts showing off his skills -- as he did in 2010 (he hit .295 in August and .342 in his final 10 games for Princeton).