After his stellar performance last year in Triple-A Buffalo, Vladimir Guerrero Jr. made it perfectly clear he was more than ready to make the jump to the big leagues. And after just three games with the Bisons this season, Guerrero has continued right where he left off last year in his march towards the majors.
So far this year, in 10 AB’s with Buffalo, Guerrero is hitting .500 and already has five RBI’s. With each game he plays in the minors, the 20-year old phenom continues to prove that the quality of pitching in Triple-A is no match for his supreme skills at the plate.
I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, Guerrero is such a special hitter that he could miss the first month of the season and still end up leading the Blue Jays in AVG, OBP, HR, RBI, and BB by the end of year. It doesn’t seem to matter that he’s (presently) in the minors: expectations are so high on Guerrero that he’s already expected to be named AL Rookie of the Year in 2019.
Despite a solid showing in last night’s 5-3 win over Minnesota, the Blue Jays offense has been struggling. In the American League, Toronto ranks 12th or worse in hits, home runs, total bases, AVG, and OPS. And with the exception of Justin Smoak, the Blue Jays line-up lacks prototypical power hitters you’d expect to make-up the heart of the order. Of which Guerrero would be perfect for. You can just see it now, him slotted in the 3-spot ahead of Smoak.
It isn’t simply what Guerrero can do for Toronto’s meager offense that the Blue Jays need to be considering. Upon his arrival in the big leagues, Guerrero will immediately become one of the biggest draws in all of baseball. So far in 10 home games this season, the Blue Jays average attendance is a scanty 19,724. Down almost 10,000 from the 29,066 they averaged in 2018.
What Toronto is lacking isn’t so much talent, but a true superstar presence since the departure of Josh Donaldson this off-season. Guerrero provides the Blue Jays with the star power fans clamour for and expect to see when watching big-league baseball. Hopefully Blue Jay fans won’t have to wait much longer for this generational talent to make his arrival.