Jesus Guzman: Legit, or just a hot start? 

August, 5, 2011
Since his promotion to the majors on June 17, Jesus Guzman has hit .337 with a .589 slugging percentage. He's among the league leaders in RBIs since the All-Star break. He ranks No. 33 among hitters on our Player Rater over the past 30 days. Not bad for a guy who has played in the minors for four different organizations.

I actually thought Guzman should have gotten a chance two years ago. Guzman, who turned 27 in June, was signed by the Giants as a minor league free agent at the end of the 2008 season after he put up big numbers in the Double-A Texas League. He followed that season with a monster winter-ball campaign and a nice showing in spring training of 2009. It wasn't enough to get him on the Giants' roster, however, so he went to a good hitting environment at Triple-A and continued mashing, earning him a May call-up. But he didn't get an opportunity to shine -- he got just 20 at-bats in 12 games -- even though the Giants were desperate for offense at first base. They ran Travis Ishikawa, Rich Aurilia, John Bowker, Ryan Garko and others out there in 2009, trying to find a fit. It couldn't have hurt to give Guzman regular at-bats to see if he could continue his hot streak, but that's not what the Giants did.