After signing Vladimir Guerrero to a minor-league contract on May 10 the Blue Jays sent the 37-year-old to extended spring training for some workouts and then assigned him to Single-A.
Guerrero predictably destroyed Single-A pitching, going 9-for-20 (.450) with four homers in four games against pitchers 15 years his junior, prompting the Blue Jays to promote him to Triple-A today.
He’ll make his Las Vegas debut Saturday and the hitter-friendly environment gives Guerrero a great opportunity to post some impressive-looking numbers and get back to the majors. Incidentally, this will be the first time Guerrero has ever played at Triple-A, as he jumped from Double-A to the majors as a 21-year-old for the Expos in 1996 and never looked back.
Yankees second baseman Gleyber Torres was born on December 13, 1996. That year, Bartolo Colon (who turns 45 years old on Thursday) was wrapping up a season he spent with Double-A Canton-Akron and Triple-A Buffalo. He would debut in the majors the following April.
In a clash of generations, the 21-year-old Torres and Colon squared off on Monday as the Yankees visited the Rangers. Torres won the battle twice, drilling a two-run home run off of Colon in the second inning and a solo shot off of Colon in the fourth. Colon wound up giving up six runs in total on eight hits (including four homers) and a walk with four strikeouts in 5 1/3 innings.
Here is video of the first homer Torres hit:
Torres is the second-youngest Yankee in club history with a multi-homer game. Mickey Mantle was 20 years and 296 days old when he went yard twice on August 11, 1952. Torres is 21 years, 159 days old. Joe DiMaggio was 21-212 when he hit two on June 24, 1936.
So much for respecting one’s elders. We’re currently seeing a youth movement in baseball. 19-year-old Juan Soto hit his first major league homer on Monday against the Padres. 20-year-olds Ronald Acuña and Mike Soroka debuted for the Braves earlier this year. Could 19-year-old Blue Jays prospect Vladimir Guerrero, Jr. join them soon?