When you are trying to build a baseball team you need to find cornerstone players that are not only successful but are also have high quality personality wise. The Columbus Clippers have just that in their closer Preston Guilmet. Guilmet is not just a great baseball player, which he has shown saving 13 out of his 14 chances, but also a great person who his teammates and manager love to be around.
Guilmet grew up in Rosefield California, where he played pitcher and infield. He dominated the high school level, giving up just five runs in 70.1 innings pitch his senior year, along with a 14:1 strikeout to walk ratio. During his junior and senior years he has voted team captain and all-metro pitcher.
The Columbus Clippers have recently been doing their best Bullpen Mafia impressions, as the three best bullpen pieces for the Clippers, Fernando Nieve, Matt Langwell and Preston Guilmet have been nothing short of spectacular this season. Between the three pitchers they have throw a combined 64.1 innings while only allowing 46 hits, 15 earned runs, 21 walks and striking out 68 batters. The bullpen roles seem to have been clearly defined with Nieve coming in as a middle reliever, Langwell as the setup man and Guilmet as the closer for the Clippers.
During Spring Training the DTTWLN staff will profile and examine the coaches and players that make up and are vying to be part of the 2013 Cleveland Indians—A Team With A New Direction. Today, we examine one of the Spring Invitees with a chance to make the Tribe’s Opening Day roster.
By Mike Brandyberry
You can’t simulate pressure and you certainly can’t predict how a player will handle pressure when it is in front of him, but to date, Preston Guilmet has handled all the pressure in the path of his minor league development.
Now, Guilmet has the pressure of his first big league Spring Training. The tall right-handed, relief pitcher will have an opportunity early in the Tribe’s camp to impress the big league coaching staff. With Vinnie Pestano and Chris Perez preparing for the World Baseball Classic—and hoping to make a long run with Team USA—extra opportunity becomes available for some of the Indians’ younger relievers.
For most minor leaguers, their first big league camp could be daunting, but Guilmet has faced pressure throughout his professional career. A ninth round pick in the 2009 First-Year Player Draft out of Arizona, the Indians converted Guilmet to relief pitcher after 15 starts at Mahoning Valley.