VIDEO: Vladimir Guerrero’s 15-year-old son is already mashing baseballs

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It’s not easy to follow in the footsteps of a nine-time All-Star, but as you’ll see in the video below, 15-year-old Vladimir Guerrero, Jr. is showing flashes of his dad.

No batting gloves. That swing. The apple, or baseball in this case, doesn’t fall far from the tree. By the way, the description of the video (written by Matthew Ball) says that he’s already listed at 6-foot-2 and 220 pounds. Not your average 15-year-old. Guerrero won’t be eligible to sign with a major league team until next summer, but he has already worked out for Yankees, Angels, and Blue Jays.

While Vlad’s son looks promising, we could hear from his nephew, Gabriel Guerrero, even sooner. The 20-year-old outfielder hit .307/.347/.467 with 18 home runs, 96 RBI, and 18 stolen bases over 131 games this season with High-A High Desert and participated in this July’s Futures Game.

Hat-tip to MLB Fan Cave for the link.

Mariners sign RHP reliever Trevor Gott to 1-year contract

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SEATTLE — The Seattle Mariners have begun the process of bolstering their bullpen by signing right-hander Trevor Gott to a one-year contract on Wednesday.

Gott appeared in 45 games last season with Milwaukee, going 3-4 with a 4.14 ERA. Gott had 44 strikeouts in 45 2/3 innings and held opponents to a .204 batting average.

Gott’s signing helps fill a void created when Erik Swanson was traded to Toronto as part of the deal that brought slugger Teoscar Hernandez to Seattle earlier this month. Gott has also pitched for San Francisco, Washington and the Los Angeles Angels.

Last season with the Brewers, Gott saw significant drops in batting average against and walk percentage, while raising his strikeout percentage.

Seattle also made a front office announcement Wednesday with the promotion of Andy McKay to assistant general manager. McKay has been with the club since 2015, when he was hired as the director of player development. McKay was promoted to senior director of baseball development in November 2021.

In his new role, McKay will oversee baseball development at all levels of the organization.