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The latest on Vlad Jr.'s Major League arrival

April 18, 2019

MINNEAPOLIS -- Blue Jays fans will have to wait at least a few more days before Vladimir Guerrero Jr. is called up to make his Major League debut. Toronto's fan base has been waiting on pins and needles for news of Guerrero's imminent arrival. There was some speculation it might

Vlad Jr. continues Minors tear with monster HR

MLB Pipeline's No. 1 prospect hits 441-foot blast vs. Pawtucket
April 18, 2019

PAWTUCKET, R.I. -- The 441-foot home run that soared into the parking lot of McCoy Stadium on Wednesday with an exit velocity of 107 mph was another glimpse into Vladimir Guerrero Jr.’s potential. It’s only a matter of when -- not if -- the No. 1 prospect in baseball, according

Weather curtails Vlad Jr.'s at-bats at Triple-A

Top prospect has yet to play in 3 straight games
April 17, 2019

MINNEAPOLIS -- The Blue Jays want Vladimir Guerrero Jr. to get at-bats in the Minor Leagues more than anything else, but the weather hasn't exactly been doing them any favors this week. Guerrero, ranked as the No. 1 overall prospect by MLB Pipeline, has yet to play in three consecutive

Vlad Jr. matching his dad almost perfectly

April 15, 2019

Vladimir Guerrero Jr. now has 1,055 career Minor League at-bats. What’s so special about that total? That’s how many Minor League at-bats his father, Vladimir Guerrero, had before he made his Major League debut on Sept. 19, 1996 -- as pointed out by Kelsie Heneghan on Twitter. Here’s how they

Atkins: Vlad's callup 'sooner than later'

No. 1 overall prospect 'needs at-bats' before making Major League debut
April 12, 2019

TORONTO -- The Vladimir Guerrero Jr. watch is officially on, as MLB Pipeline's top-ranked prospect is getting closer to making his Major League debut. Guerrero homered in his first game for Triple-A Buffalo on Thursday, and he was back in the Bisons' lineup the following night. The countdown to Guerrero's

Back in Triple-A, Vlad Jr. hits 3-run homer

April 11, 2019

Vladimir Guerrero Jr. didn’t take long to make a major impact in his Triple-A return on Thursday, hitting a mammoth three-run homer to left field in the fifth inning against Scranton/Wilkes-Barre. Batting third in Buffalo’s lineup and serving as the designated hitter, Guerrero walked his first time up and had

5 prospects who could shake up the AL East

April 11, 2019

Last season was a banner year for prospects in the American League East. Could 2019 prove even better? Highly-regarded blue-chippers emerged across the board to make an impact in 2018, from Gleyber Torres and Miguel Andujar making runs at the AL Rookie of the Year Award in New York, Lourdes

Vlad Jr. moving up to Triple-A (source)

April 10, 2019

Vladimir Guerrero Jr. is heading to Triple-A Buffalo, a source told’s Jesse Sanchez. The 20-year-old phenom, who is MLB Pipeline’s No. 1 overall prospect, opened the season with Class A Advanced Dunedin after suffering a left oblique strain during Spring Training. In four games with Dunedin, Guerrero went 4-for-15

Prospect back with Toronto after Rule 5 detour

Ontario native spent Spring Training in camp with Rangers
April 5, 2019

BUFFALO, N.Y. -- For six weeks, Jordan Romano had a new favourite team. When the Rule 5 Draft got underway in December, the 25-year-old right-hander expected little. His 2018 season in Double-A had ups and downs -- in April, May and July, he posted a combined 1.71 ERA over 79

Biggio hits 1st HR off hurler he grew up watching

April 4, 2019

BUFFALO, NY -- Bo Bichette and Cavan Biggio are just one step away. The Blue Jays No. 2 and No. 10 prospects, respectively, made their Triple-A debuts on Thursday and have already brought a newfound excitement to Buffalo. • Gameday | Blue Jays prospects' stats Though Bichette was hitless in

Giants trade for Pillar, send 3 players to Toronto

April 2, 2019

LOS ANGELES -- The Giants added another veteran reinforcement to their young outfield on Tuesday, acquiring Kevin Pillar from the Blue Jays in exchange for right-handers Juan De Paula and Derek Law and infielder Alen Hanson. Outfielder Michael Reed was designated for assignment to clear a spot for Pillar on

Guerrero Jr. has resumed baseball activities

Buchholz, Tepera and Borucki could all return to roster in April
April 1, 2019

TORONTO -- Vladimir Guerrero Jr. has resumed baseball activities, and has started to make appearances in extended spring training games at Toronto's Minor League complex in Dunedin, Fla. Guerrero, baseball's No. 1 prospect according to MLB Pipeline, has been out since March 8 because of a strained oblique. He injured

Rookie Thornton to open up season in rotation 

Gaviglio, Luciano, Pannone, Urena also make Opening Day roster
March 26, 2019

MONTREAL -- The Blue Jays’ battle for starting rotation spots has come to an end. On Tuesday, ahead of the team’s final exhibition contest, a 2-0 win over the Brewers at Olympic Stadium, manager Charlie Montoyo announced that Trent Thornton would step into the squad’s open rotation spot. Montoyo also

Jansen ready for first Opening Day

Top prospect is healthy and prepped for full season behind the plate
March 26, 2019

MONTREAL -- Danny Jansen is more than ready to start his first Opening Day on a Major League roster -- he’s ecstatic. After six years down on the farm, plagued with fluke injuries and setbacks, the homegrown Blue Jays product is embracing the opportunity he’s been given as the team’s

Here's a behind-the-scenes look at Kevin Smith

March 19, 2019

DUNEDIN, Fla. -- Blue Jays No. 7 prospect Kevin Smith had about as good a first full season as a player can have in 2018. The University of Maryland product, who was the club’s fourth-round pick in 2017, played across two levels of Class A ball and finished with a

Here's a look at the Blue Jays' farm system

March 19, 2019

DUNEDIN, Fla. -- Allen Iverson would not believe what’s been a primary area of focus in the Blue Jays’ Minor League camp this spring. The question would be deliberate and repeated often: “We’re talking about practice?” For all of the advancements in player development, technology and data, the Blue Jays’

Atkins responds to Giles' exchange with Paulino

Blue Jays' GM talks accountability and optimism as season nears
March 15, 2019

CLEARWATER, Fla. -- Blue Jays general manager Ross Atkins likes the fact that Ken Giles is holding his teammates accountable, he just wishes the closer went about it a different way. Giles got into a heated exchange with prospect David Paulino during an on-field drill prior to Thursday's game against

Blue Jays optimistic about Vlad Jr.'s return

March 12, 2019

DUNEDIN, Fla. -- Vladimir Guerrero Jr.'s strained oblique muscle has led to questions from fans and media about whether there is a conditioning issue with the game's top prospect. Guerrero created a bit of a stir last month when the Blue Jays revised his listed weight to 250 pounds. That's

Inbox: Will Bichette make Opening Day roster?

Beat reporter Gregor Chisholm answers fans' questions
March 11, 2019

What exactly is keeping Bo Bichette out of the Opening Day roster discussion? -- @mathewrourke, Milton, ON The organization's philosophy on how to develop prospects.

Bichette, Biggio lead Blue Jays' homer barrage

March 10, 2019

With Vladimir Guerrero Jr. noticeably absent from the Blue Jays' lineup, after sustaining a strained left oblique on Friday, several other Toronto prospects took center stage in Saturday’s 10-1 win over the Twins at CenturyLink Sports Complex. Bo Bichette, the Blue Jays’ No. 2 prospect according to MLB Pipeline, opened

Alford making a case for himself this spring

March 10, 2019

DUNEDIN -- Don't look now, but Anthony Alford is starting to make some noise in the Blue Jays' crowded battle for playing time in the outfield. Toronto's No. 11 prospect, according to MLB Pipeline, has homered three times over his last two games, and is arguably riding the hottest hitting

Vlad Jr. strains left oblique, out 3 weeks

March 10, 2019

DUNEDIN -- Vladimir Guerrero Jr. is expected to miss the next three weeks, after he was diagnosed with a Grade 1 strain of his left oblique muscle. Guerrero sustained the injury during his final at-bat of Friday's win over the Pirates. He will be shut down for the next week,

Biggio unharmed after car accident

No. 10 prospect passed all concussion tests, set to return Sunday
March 9, 2019

CLEARWATER -- Cavan Biggio's life flashed before his eyes earlier this week when he was involved in a car accident that caused a lot of damage to his vehicle but thankfully did not result in any injuries. Biggio's truck was totaled on Wednesday after it slammed into a brick wall

Wait until you see what Vlad Jr. did this time

March 3, 2019

DUNEDIN, Fla. -- Vladimir Guerrero Jr. delivered one small moment on Sunday that offered a glimpse of the future. If this Spring Training is about opening eyes, he did just that again in a 5-2 win over the Yankees with a double off the wall in the bottom of the

Using an effortless one-handed swing, Vladimir Guerrero Jr. crushed a double off the wall

March 3, 2019

Vladimir Guerrero Jr. is an unreal talent at the plate -- and he's going to put on quite a show once he becomes part of the Blue Jays' everyday lineup. Early in Toronto's 5-2 Spring Training win over the Yankees on Sunday, Guerrero hit a double off the left-field wall.