Vladimir Guerrero Jr. Anthony Alford, and Bo Bichette went a combined 9 for 12 with 6 R, 3 RBI yesterday as Toronto’s number 1, 2, and 3 ranked prospects propelled the Blue Jays to an impressive 9-3 win over the Orioles.
The way these three young stars played, it was pretty clear they were on some sort of mission. As if to say, during this rare appearance with the big club, “this is what we can do, and we’re more ready for the big leagues than you might think.” Even before the game started, Sportsnet’s Arden Zwelling tweeted Guerrero’s pre-game batting practice. And…well, take a look for yourself. This is no mere 18-year old. This is a special talent and someone advanced well beyond their years. Guerrero, still one week shy of his 19th birthday looks as big and strong as almost any other Blue Jay.
And here’s Vlad Guerrero Jr, who turns 19 next week pic.twitter.com/pBQLYYkdQz
— Arden Zwelling (@ArdenZwelling) March 8, 2018
To see Guerrero’s combination of strength, talent, and maturity, one has to wonder how soon it’ll be before he’s playing in Toronto.
Obviously Toronto is in no rush to bring a soon-to-be 19-year old Guerrero to the big leagues. They still have Josh Donaldson at 3rd base, but even so, how long do the Blue Jays wait to call-up such a gifted young player when he’s absolutely crushing every level of competition he faces in the minors?
Guerrero has yet to play above Advanced A, and you have to imagine he’ll begin this season in Double A New Hampshire. Last year, Buck Martinez and Pat Tabler were discussing the timeline for bringing Guerrero to the big leagues. Tabler mentioned that it should be at least another couple seasons before he was up with the Blue Jays. Tabler has as good a sense for this sort of thing as anyone, but you have to wonder if perhaps his prediction may be a little off given the shear talent level and rate at which Guerrero’s been developing. Vladimir Guerrero Sr. was 21 before he began playing in the big leagues, but as I wrote in an earlier article, Jr. is even more advanced than his father was at a similar age.
Based on the performance Guerrero, Alford, and Bichette put on yesterday, they’re all chomping at the bit to show just how much they can do for the Blue Jays. It’s a good feeling to know that as Toronto’s aging veterans move on, the next generation of incoming Blue Jays are as talented as can be and have the hunger to match.