The Toronto Blue Jays have a generational talent on their hands. 20-year-old third baseman Vladimir Guerrero Jr. has been the center of attention ever since he started mashing pitching in the minor leagues. Now with him up on the big stage, the pressure is on.
The son of MLB Hall of Famer Vladimir Guerrero, Jr. made his major league debut on April 26, 2019. Since that game expectations have been sky high. But in his first 11 games in the majors he disappointed by going 6 for 45 with only one extra-base hit. It’s hard to blame Guerrero Jr. for struggling out of the gate with the amount of pressure he had on his shoulders, but now it looks like he is comfortable in his surroundings.
Since those first 11 games, Guerrero Jr. has played in eight contests for Toronto. His batting line sits at .370/.469/.852. That includes four home runs and only two strikeouts. For a 20-year-old just getting to bigs that is ultra-impressive.
Guerrero Jr. still has a long way to go in terms of making a legitimate impact on the Blue Jays, but his performance over the past few games shows people why he is considered the number one prospect in baseball. He has a hammer of a swing, a disciplined approach, and has looked good at the hot-corner defensively.
MLB fans have gotten very accustomed to promoted prospects lighting the world on fire right out the gate (ex. Michael Chavis, Pete Alonso, Fernando Tatis Jr.) so it was somewhat disappointing when Guerrero struggled at the start. But now people no longer have to worry about that. The highly regarded prospect looks ready to start writing his legacy that appears to be limitless.
-Jarrod Ribaudo (@Jribs53)