Tucson Padres: Guzman putting up Rizzo-like numbers

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2011-06-13T00:00:00Z Tucson Padres: Guzman putting up Rizzo-like numbersBy Sarah Trotto Arizona Daily Star Arizona Daily Star
June 13, 2011 12:00 am  • 

While he hit .365 with 16 home runs and 63 RBIs for the Tucson Padres, Anthony Rizzo garnered most of the attention from fans and the media.

But one of his former Triple-A teammates is also producing an impressive offensive season.

Jesus Guzman's 54 RBIs lead the Padres now that Rizzo is playing in the majors. Guzman also has hit a team-leading 22 doubles and drawn 33 walks. He's hit six homers and struck out 41 times.

Batting third as the designated hitter, he went 1 for 5 with an RBI single in Tucson's 11-1 victory over Las Vegas on Sunday night.

"His whole offensive package right now is so well-rounded," manager Terry Kennedy said. "Not only is he driving in runs, he has a good balance between his extra-base hits and his (on-base percentage of .426). He's doing a real nice job."

While Guzman is flourishing offensively in his fourth Triple-A season, he has struggled defensively. He's committed 14 errors, with 13 at third base and one at first base. He also has played in the outfield.

"It's usually a fielding error, glove work, which he continues to work on," Kennedy said.

Guzman has been playing mainly the outfield since infielder Steve Tolleson joined the team late last month from the Padres trade with Oakland. But Guzman is expected to play more third during Tucson's upcoming road trip with National League teams.

Guzman said he's looking forward to getting more time at third.

"Defense is my problem here," he said. "That's why I like to work on my defense. That's been my problem all my career. I keep working."

"I think my footwork is the problem."

For his career, Guzman has hit .305 in the minors with the Mariners, Athletics, Giants and Padres organizations. In his only major-league time, he went 5 for 20 in 12 games with the Giants in 2009. He played three games at first and was the designated hitter once.

Guzman's career benchmark for RBIs in a season is 112 in High-A in the Mariners system.

"He's always been a good hitter," Kennedy said. "His history has shown it, and he's doing it again. If he stays (in Triple-A) all year, he's going to drive in 100 and may lead the league in RBIs."

Inside pitch

• In what's expected to be the final game of his rehab assignment with Tucson, San Diego outfielder Cameron Maybin went 1 for 4 with an RBI double Sunday. He was 2 for 10 during his rehab stint.

• Tucson left-hander Wade LeBlanc has been mentioned as a possibility to fill in for San Diego starter Dustin Moseley, whose next start is Tuesday, but he dislocated his non-throwing shoulder Wednesday.

LeBlanc's next scheduled start is today. San Diego's Cory Luebke is another possibility to start for Moseley. The Padres are promoting Anthony Bass from Double-A to make his major-league debut today to fill in for Aaron Harang (foot).

• To make room for Bass on the 40-man roster, the Padres designated Tucson reliever Aaron Poreda for assignment.

• Starter Matt Buschmann allowed a run and 10 hits, struck out six and walked none in six innings.

• Andy Parrino's grand slam - the first in team history - gave Tucson a 10-1 lead in the seventh. Jarrett Hoffpauir extended his hitting streak to 15 games.

Today

• Who: Tucson at Reno

• When: 7:05 p.m.

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