Blue Jays minor league third baseman Vladimir Guerrero, Jr. is widely considered to be baseball’s No. 1 prospect. There was some consternation that the Jays might have him start the season in the minor leagues to “work on his defense,” which in layman’s terms actually means to pass a threshold of missed major league service time that would grant the club an extra year of contractual control. Guerrero, unfortunately, suffered an oblique injury in March, which ended any thought he would open the season in the majors.
Guerrero, 20, finished up his rehab and made his 2019 Triple-A season debut on Thursday night for Buffalo, facing Scranton/Wilkes-Barre. Guerrero drew a walk in the first inning, knocked in a run with a double in the third, and hit a three-run home run in the fifth. He finished 2-for-4 on the night with the two extra-base hits and four RBI. Not a bad season debut.
Guerrero is picking up where he left off last season. With all but four of his games occuring with Double-A New Hampshire and Triple-A Buffalo, he hit an aggregate .381/.437/.636 with 20 home runs, 78 RBI, and 67 runs scored in 408 plate appearances.
We will hopefully be seeing Guerrero in the majors soon.