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UVa's Brandon Guyer Finding a Role in the Big Leagues

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Former UVa baseball star Brandon Guyer is now up in the big-leagues with the Tampa Bay Rays.

He's not an every day starter, serving as a pinch runner, designated hitter, or whatever the team needs, but he's living out the dream of being a Big-League player.

Happy to pose for pictures, Brandon guyer can call himself a Big-Leaguer. The 28-year old found out last month he'd made the Tampa Bay Rays opening day roster.

Guyer says,  "I'd always been dreaming of that moment, I've been up in the Big Leagues before but to find out I'd made opening day roster, I'd be working my whole life for that moment. When Maddon told me I made the team I was just ecstatic and ready to start the season off."

At Virginia Guyer batted .370 his junior season in 2007, with eight home runs and 48 rbi and was voted first team All-ACC.

He was a 5th round draft pick in '07 and has spent most of his professional career in the minors racking up over 21-hundred at bats.

Guyer says, "Coming up in the minors has helped me so much at this level, at the time when I was struggling it was tough, but I'm so thankful for all the struggles I had, there were times when I could barely hit 200 and I would get sent down and I'm thankful for that because it really made me a better player."

Guyer, who spent all of last year in Triple-A now begins the quest of doing what it takes to stay in the Big-Leagues with the Tampa Bay.

He says, "I think just hard work and being prepared, the role I have now, nothing's given to you, and I'm fine with that because I know I have to earn everything, I'm just going to keep working as hard as I can and take advantage of every opportunity I get."

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