Cubs’ Angel Guzman

Angel Guzman takes the mound Monday in Cactus League action

Guzman pitched two scoreless innings allowing a hit and a walk, while also striking out one and plunking a batter.

Scouting note – Was smooth and in control of his big curve; is a definite out-pitch

Quon on Guzman in 2003 – Guzman took off in 2002 at the Class-A level. He posseses a 90-plus mph fastball with great life and movement, a heavy sinker and overhand curve, as well as an outstanding change-up that some in the organization believe is the best in the system. Like Mark Prior, he has an easy, compact delivery that shouldn’t create undo stress on his arm over the long haul. He should begin the year at Double-A Tennessee but could move as high as Triple-A in 2003. Should compete for a rotation spot in 2005.

Quon on Guzman for 2006 – A series of injuries derailed my earlier projection but I still have a fondness for the now 24-year-old. And while the motion looked good in my attempt to prognosticate the chance of injury, he did have shoulder and forearm difficulties that destroyed the better part of two seasons.
Going forward, it could happen this during this season, but he should begin at Triple-A, hoping to show his former numbers and needing to stay healthy for an extended period. He’s a risk/reward type at this point, but the injury factor –while long and multiplied — was slight enough it may not be that detrimental for the future.
Dan Quon

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