Signed by the Colorado Rockies in 2017 as an international amateur free agent, Javier Guevara is a native of Valencia, Venezuela. The 20-year-old catcher (DOB: September 25, 1997) spent both 2015 and 2016 with the Rockies’ Dominican Summer League affiliate, where he slashed .253/.340/.353/.693 with 17 doubles and five home runs combined across those two seasons spanning 97 games and 390 plate appearances.
A very good defensive catcher who shows a mature and consistent approach with the bat, Guevara made the stateside transition to the Grand Junction Rockies in the Pioneer League in 2017, and he asserted himself as the club’s main catcher with a good reputation for dealing with pitchers and being a defensive leader. He threw out 29% of baserunners in 2017 (13 caught stealing and 32 successful steals), and finished with 43 defensive assists and six errors in 324 chances, for a .981 fielding percentage. At the plate, across 47 games (198 at-bats) in 2017 with Grand Junction, Javier Guevara slashed .268/.298/.338/.636 with eight walks and 47 strikeouts. The Colorado Rockies prospect also put up eight doubles and three triples, and stole two bases.
We have several videos and lots of notes and comments on Javier Guevara below based on his 2017 season. Ultimately, he’ll have a shot to jump to full-season ball with the Colorado Rockies Low-A affiliate in 2018 thanks to his consistency, maturity, leadership, and natural ability behind the plate.
Javier Guevara — 2017 Scouting Report
Dates observed in 2017: July 2; July 29; September 3-4
Javier Guevara, Colorado Rockies — 2017 Game Video
Javier Guevara Scouting Report — Notes & Analysis
By far one of my favorite players to watch in 2017, especially at the rookie level. Javier Guevara is light years beyond his age defensively, and he’s going to be a very good glove-first catcher as his career continues. He’s not on any sort of top-30 list for the Colorado Rockies, but he should be; I’ve seen almost this entire organization at every level through the last few years and I believe Javier Guevara will prove far and away to be the Rockies’ best defensive catching prospect as he transitions to full-season ball. Not flashy or toolsy, Guevara is consistent and mature with a very intense, competitive streak that reminds me of Texas Rangers catching prospect Jose Trevino. I love Guevara’s maturity, ability to assert himself as a leader, and situational awareness; several times this summer I observed him visibly setting defenders to very specific spots relative to the game situation. To that end, Guevara is engaged on game action in a manner much like Trevino—and much like Trevino, Javier Guevara loves to throw the ball and has a very strong, accurate arm that keeps baserunners honest on stolen base attempts and back picks.
Guevara has some work to do on offense, with a few notable holes in his swing — namely a tendency to roll over soft stuff away and hit weak ground balls to shortstop. He also struggles to catch up to fastballs in the upper third of the zone, and can get beat high and tight with hard stuff as he shows a tendency to dive out over the plate a bit without the bat speed to compensate when he gets buzzed. I don’t think he’ll ever be a significant offensive threat, especially not in regards to over-the-fence pop, but Guevara has feel for the barrel and he’ll hold his own with the bat even as the majority of his value comes behind the plate. Bottom line: Javier Guevara is a far better ballplayer than most people realize at this point in his career, and he’s a good prospect to track the next few years and see how he adjusts to full-season ball with continued development behind the plate.
Javier Guevara Scouting Report — Future Projection
In the short term, the Colorado Rockies would do well to test Javier Guevara with a full-season job at low-A Asheville in 2018. His offense will struggle some as he learns how to balance aggressiveness with good pitch recognition skills against better pitchers in the South Atlantic League. Defensively, though, he’s ready for the level in what will be his age-20 season next summer and Guevara would do well to make the full-season jump. Long term, he’ll continue to develop the defensive chops that I believe will one day make him a big leaguer; of course, much can happen between now and then considering he hasn’t yet gotten to full-season ball and only just turned 20 years old, but he has the raw talent and feel for the position that will make him an exceptional defender. If his offensive game can develop in turn, he’ll out-play his defense-first projection.
Overall Future Potential (Future Value): Fringy platoon defender/every day big league catcher (47.5)
MLB ETA: 2021
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