Aaron Colin Guiel, his wife, Lareina, and their 2 daughters, Avery and Taliya, reside in Surrey, B.C...graduated from Woodlands Senior (B.C.) High School and Kwantlen (B.C.) College...he participates in Royals Youth Instructional Clinics and the annual Gloves For Kids event...brother, Jeff, played in the Minor Leagues for the Anaheim and Toronto organizations from 1997-2004.
Claimed off waivers from the Royals
on July 5 after batting .220
(11-for-50) in 19 games with Kansas
City...Started the season with
Triple-A Omaha and posted a .249
batting average (44-for-177) with 11
homers and 32 RBIs...Went 1-for-3
and scored three runs in his Yankee
debut...Hit a home run in two
consecutive games, including a
three-run blast in the Yankees 7-4
win over the Rangers on July
25...Batted .293 with two doubles,
one home run, three RBIs and nine
runs in September.
Spent the majority of the season with Omaha (AAA)...was named the Omaha Player of the Year after leading the team in doubles (32), home runs (30) and RBI (95)...Finished the season tied for 2nd in the Pacifi c Coast League in home runs and
extra-base hits (66) and 5th in RBI...was named to the All-PCL Team and by minorleaguebaseball.com as an outfielder on the Triple-A All-Star Team...Played in just 33 games for the Royals, his fewest total at the Major League
level since making his debut in 2002...hit .294 (32-109) with 4 home runs and 7 RBI for KC...Had his contract purchased on Aug. 25 and made his season debut with the Royals vs. Boston that night as a defensive replacement...Hit .345 (30-87) with 17 runs, 5 doubles, 4 homers and 7 RBI in his final 25 games after hitting just .091 (2-for-22) in his 1st 8 games...Posted a .315 average (28-89) off right-handed pitchers and a .200 average
(4-20) off lefties.
Made the Opening Day roster for the 1st time in his career...Hit .156 in 42 games for the Royals, going 21-for-135 with 5 home runs and
13 RBI...Began the season with a .286 mark (8-28) with 7 runs, 3 HRs and 8 RBI in his
1st 8 games...had just 7 hits in his next 83 at bats (.083), a span of 27 games
between April 15-Aug. 12...Hit a game-winning solo homer in the Royals 3-2 10-inning win on May 3 at
Toronto...Placed on 15-day D.L. with blurred vision in his left eye on May 16...activated
from the D.L. on Aug. 11...missed 80 games...Underwent surgery on May 19 to correct his blurred vision.
Saw his 2nd season of Major League action, playing in 99 games for Kansas City, hitting .277 with 30
doubles, 15 home runs and 52 RBI.
Made 83 starts in right field for the Royals, leading KC to a 43-40 record in those games...was
consistent against both right-handers and left-handers, hitting .277 against southpaws and .281 with 13 homers
Hit .600 (3-5) with 9 RBI with bases loaded.
Hit leadoff in the majority of his games, hitting .310 (77-for-248) with 13 home runs, 40 RBI and 51
runs scored as the leadoff hitter.
Ranked 6th in the Majors and 2nd in the A.L. for batting average among leadoff hitters...trailed only
Seattle's Ichiro Suzuki (.314) in the American League...was tied for 3rd in the Majors in home runs in the top
spot trailing Alfosonso Soriano (NY, 34) and Rafael Furcal (ATL, 15).
Ranked 2nd in slugging percentage (.552) and 4th in on-base percentage (.387) among Major League
leadoff hitters...trailed only Atlanta's Marquis Grissom in slugging percentage.
Opened the season with AAA Omaha, before being recalled on May 28...was hitting .279 with 8 home runs
and 30 RBI in 52 games with Omaha before he was called up.
Had a career-high 4 hits on June 7 at Colorado in game 2 of a doubleheader...he finished the game
4-for-6 with a double and 2 RBI.
Was 1 of 8 Canadian position players in the Major Leagues at the All-Star break.
Hit .300 (6-20) with an .800 slugging percentage in his final 5 games before the All-Star break (July
8-13)...recorded 3 home runs, a double 5 runs and 5 RBI in that span.
Hit .270 with 10 doubles, 5 home runs and 14 RBI prior to the All-Star break...hit .284 with 20
doubles, 10 homers and 38 RBI after the Break.
Had home runs in back-to-back games at Texas on July 12 and 13 for the 1st time in his career.
Had a 5-game hitting streak from July 12-19 and hit .500 (10-for-20) with 3 HR and 5 RBI in that
span...he homered in 3 of 4 games from July 12 - July 18.
Had his 1st career multi-homer game on July 23 at Minnesota...hit a pair of solo home runs in the
Royals 8-3 victory over the Twins...the 2nd home run travelled 422 feet.
Hit his 1st career inside-the-park home run on August 3 against Tampa Bay in KC's 2-0 win...his home
run was the 2nd inside-the-park shot for the Royals in a 3-day stretch (also Angel Berroa)...it was the 1st
time that KC has had 2 inside-the-parkers in a 3-day stretch since David Howard on 8/4/1992 and Brian McRae on
8/6/1992 against the California Angels.
Hit a bases clearing 3 RBI double in the Royals 13-9 win on Aug. 4 at Chicago.
Hit a team-high 7 home runs in July while posting a .282 average with 16 runs and 16 RBI.
Made his 1st career start and 2nd career appearance in center field on Aug. 13 in KC's 11-0 victory
over the Yankees.
Hit a game-winning 3-run HR in the 5th inning of the Royals 4-3 win at Minnesota on Aug. 23.
Went 3-for-5 with a career-high 4 RBI vs. Texas on Aug. 26.
Hit .523 (23-44) with 6 homers and 11 RBI in a 9-game stretch from July 12-25...raised his average
from .250 to .294 during his red-hot stretch.
Ended the season in an 0-for-16 slump, dropping his average from .288 to .277.
Opened the season with Class AAA Omaha, before having his contract purchased on June 22...ranked 2nd in the Pacific Coast League with a .353 average (76-215) and had 44 runs, 9 home runs and 50 RBI.
Saw action in 70 games for Kansas City, hitting .233 (56-240) with 13 doubles, 4 home runs and 38 RBI.
Made his Major League debut as a pinch-hitter in the 9th inning at Shea Stadium on June 23 and struck out...his Major League debut came after playing 9 seasons and 935 games at the Minor League level.
Recorded his 1st Major League hit off Detroit's Mike Maroth in the 2nd inning of an 8-6 win on June 25...he drove in 2 runs in the same at bat.
Had a team-best .442 average (19-43) with runners in scoring position, including a .500 average with 2 outs (10-20).
Was tied for 2nd among A.L. rookies with 5 outfield assists... also ranked 9th in RBI with 38.
Began an 8-game hitting streak with his 1st career hit from June 25-July 2...hit .467 (14-30) with 11 RBI during the streak...drove in 7 runs in his 1st 3 starts.
Had a season-best 9-game hitting streak from Aug. 4-13 (15-42, .357) with 10 RBI and 6 runs scored.
Hit his 1st Major League home run on June 26 at Kauffman Stadium off Detroit's Jamie Walker.
Had a pair of 3-hit games for KC, going 3-for-5 vs. San Diego on June 28 and 3-for-5 on July 2 at Seattle.
Delivered an RBI single in KC's 12-inning, 5-4 win over Tampa Bay on Aug. 9 to send the game into extra-innings.
Started 23 games in the leadoff spot and led the Royals to a 13-10 record in those games...overall KC was 24-29 with Guiel as the starting right fielder.
Led off every game of KC's 9-game win streak (July 13-20)...went 9-for-35 (.257) with 7 walks for a .366 on-base percentage.
Hit one of KC's 2 pinch-hit homers on the year, hitting a 3-run home run vs. Detroit on Sept. 24 in the 9th inning of a 17-2 win.
Guiel batted .267 with 73 RBI in 121 games for Omaha (AAA)...hit a team-best 21 homers, which ranked 2nd in the Royals Minor League system behind Wichita's Brandon Berger (40).