Vladimir Guerrero Jr., the Blue Jays No. 1 prospect, is not only the No. 1 prospect in baseball, he's one of the most vaunted prospects in baseball history. While hype has a negative impact on some, it doesn't appear to have fazed Guerrero at all. All he's done is rake,
Vladimir Guerrero Jr., the Blue Jays No. 1 prospect, is not only the No. 1 prospect in baseball, he's one of the most vaunted prospects in baseball history. While hype has a negative impact on some, it doesn't appear to have fazed Guerrero at all. All he's done is rake, hitting .323 in 2017 and following that up in '18 with a .381/.437/.636 line as a 19-year-old in Double- and Triple-A. Here's the latest news on Toronto's phenom:
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April 19: Vlad Jr. meets with reporters Friday
Still part of the Triple-A Buffalo roster, Guerrero met with reporters Friday as expected and shared his thoughts on potentially being called up to MLB in the near future.
“You can see; it’s obvious that I’m ready [for the Majors],” he said. “I can’t control what happens, I can only control what I can do myself.”
As he waits for a promotion, Guerrero said he remains focused on his current work at Triple-A and isn’t looking too far ahead.
“I’m not frustrated,” Guerrero said of his current time in Triple-A. “It’s out of my hands. I just continue to play 100%, and when the time comes to get the call, I’ll welcome it.”
April 18: Vlad Jr. to stay in Buffalo through weekend
Blue Jays fans will have to wait at least a few more days before Guerrero is called up to make his Major League debut.
There was some speculation it might happen as soon as this weekend, but a source confirmed to MLB.com that Vlad Jr. will not be making his Major League debut in Oakland. The exact date for Guerrero's arrival remains unknown, but it won't be this weekend vs. the A's, meaning the earliest the 20-year-old phenom will be promoted is at some point during next week's homestand.
Triple-A Buffalo officially announced Thursday afternoon that Guerrero will be holding a media availability in Buffalo on Friday at 2 p.m. ET.
Guerrero has appeared in five games for the Bisons so far this season and he's batting .412/.500/.824 with two home runs and six RBIs.
April 17: Vlad rips second homer of the season
Guerrero singled during Triple-A Buffalo's seven-run first inning against Pawtucket, and followed up by crushing his second home run with the Bisons, a solo shot well beyond the left-field wall at McCoy Stadium. He finished the night 2-for-4 and is hitting .412 through five games with Buffalo.
Weather issues have limited Guerrero's at-bats a bit early this season as he's yet to play in three straight games. The at-bats have been limited, but when he has had a chance to step up to the plate, Guerrero has been making it clear that he's feeling good in the batter's box.
April 16: Vlad Jr. sits nightcap after going hitless in opener
Guerrero went 0-for-3 in the front end of the twin bill between Triple-A Buffalo and Pawtucket on Tuesday, dropping his average on the season to .321. He grounded into a force out in the first, flied out to right in the third and grounded out to short in the fifth. The 20-year-old slugger was left in the on-deck circle in the top of the seventh, when Lourdes Gurriel Jr. lined into a double play to end the inning.
Guerrero was not in the lineup for the second game of the doubleheader.
April 15: Buffalo rained out Monday
Guerrero's next chance to step into the batter's box won't come Monday, as Triple-A Buffalo's game vs. Pawtucket was rained out. It will be made up as part of a doubleheader on Tuesday. The 20-year-old has recorded a .360/.448/.560 batting line over his first 29 plate appearances in the Minors this season, appearing first for Class A Advanced Dunedin before joining Buffalo's roster.
April 14: Guerrero gets three hits, drives in a run
Guerrero was back in the lineup on Sunday and the 20-year-old did what he does best: hit. Guerrero went 3-for-5 with an RBI against Scranton Wilkes-Barre, lining a single to right field in the first inning, singling to right again in the third, and lining an RBI single to left in the seventh. Guerrero's first two hits came off Major League veteran Gio Gonzalez, who is looking to earn a spot on the Yankees' lineup. He is 5-for-10 with a double and a homer through three games with Buffalo.
April 13: Guerrero gets scheduled day off Saturday
Guerrero was not in Triple-A Buffalo's starting lineup Saturday, as it was a scheduled day off for the 20-year-old phenom.
Guerrero has gone 2-for-5 with a homer, a double, two walks and four RBIs in two games since joining Buffalo's roster. After missing much of Spring Training due to an oblique strain, he began his season with Class A Advanced Dunedin and went 4-for-15.
The Blue Jays haven't set a specific timeline for Guerrero's Major League debut, but general manager Ross Atkins said the team expects it will be "sooner than later."
April 12: Vlad watch is heating up
Guerrero's Major League debut is rapidly approaching. The No. 1 prospect homered and finished 2-for-4 in his first game back with Triple-A Buffalo on Thursday and although the Blue Jays haven't set any specific timetable, it appears as if it won't be too long until the 20-year-old is in Toronto.
"I wouldn't call it day by day," Blue Jays general manager Ross Atkins said. "We want to make sure he is built up and he has had some consistency to his playing time. To the point, we want to feel confident that when he does come to the Major Leagues there are no limitations whatsoever as it relates to playing time."
Guerrero missed the bulk of Spring Training with a strained oblique and has been getting back into a playing rhythm over the past week. Guerrero went 0-for-1 with a walk for Buffalo before the game was called because of the rain.