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Jeffrey Richard Guiel

  • Bats Left, Throws Right
  • Height 5' 11", Weight 195 lb.

Jeff Guiel played 8 years in the minor leagues, reaching as high as AAA. He is the brother of Aaron Guiel and played in the Olympics.

[edit] 1996-1997: OSU star

Jeff hit .394/?/.695 in 1996, his first year at Oklahoma State. He stole 27 bases, hit 15 home runs, scored 84 and drove in 80 runs. He and Josh Kliner were Co-Players of the Year in the Big Eight Conference and made the All-Conference team in the outfield. Jeff was third in the Conference in average, runs and home runs and steals. The next year, he hit .418/?/.845 with 23 HR, 88 runs, 79 RBI and 16 steals. The senior made the Big 12 Conference All-Conference team and led the Conference in doubles (32), tied for second in NCAA Division I. Shortly before trading away his big brother, the Anaheim Angels signed Jeff as an undrafted free agent.

[edit] 1997-2000: A and AA

Guiel debuted with the Cedar Rapids Kernels in 1997, hitting .318/~.461/.598, stealing 13 bases in 15 tries and drawing 35 walks in 41 games. Promoted to the Lake Elsinore Storm in 1998, Jeff produced at a .270/~.422/.542 line, showing great all-around skills. He had 7 triples, 16 home runs, 83 walks and 19 SB in 28 tries.

Guiel split 1999 between Lake Elsinore (.328/~.435/.621 in 15 games) and the Erie Sea Wolves (.263/~.380/.457 in 57 games). In 2000, he returned to Erie and put up a .254/.341/.446 line with 16 home runs, tied for the club lead, and led the team in walks (49) and RBI (59). His 9 sacrifice flies tied David Gibralter for the Eastern League lead.

[edit] 2001-2004: AA, AAA and the Olympics

In 2001, Jeff played for the Arkansas Travelers (.313/.390/.625, 13 HR in 55 games) and the Salt Lake Stingers (.321/.370/.527, 10 HR in 61 G) but did not get a crack at the majors. He was 4 for 14 with four walks and a homer for the 2002 Travelers and hit .253/.350/.462 for the Stingers. He slipped to a .240/.339/.422 line at age 29 for Salt Lake, fading away. His 13 home runs still were just one behind club leader Adam Riggs.

Moving to the Toronto Blue Jays organization, Guiel batted only .197/.263/.342 in 68 games for the 2004 Syracuse SkyChiefs. He played for Canada in the 2004 Olympics and the club finished third.

Sources: 1997-2005 Baseball Almanacs, Thebaseballcube.com for full name

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