It took 54 plate appearances, but Blue Jays prospect Vladimir Guerrero Jr. finally has his first major league home run under his belt. There should be plenty more where that came from.
With one out in the top of the first inning on Tuesday evening in San Francisco, Guerrero worked a full count against Nick Vincent before drilling a 90 MPH fastball out to center field to give the Jays an early 1-0 lead. Statcast measured the blast at 438 feet, 111 MPH off the bat.
Entering Tuesday’s action, Guerrero was hitting a lackluster .191/.283/.234. Perhaps with the stress of hitting his first homer gone, he’s due for a hot streak.
Yasiel Puig, unexpectedly, remained unemployed for the entire offseason. But now, a week or so into spring training, it’s appearing as though he may soon have a job. That’s the word from Hector Gomez of Z101, who reports that the Rockies and White Sox have emerged as “frontrunners” to sign the guy.
Puig hit a .252/.302/.475 (92 OPS+) for the Reds before being traded to the Indians. Once in Cleveland his performance improved, however, as he hit .297/.377/.423 (109 OPS+). Definitely a down year overall, and a far cry from the sort of superstar performance he showcased when he first broke into the league, but he’s just 29 and still profiles as an above average big league outfielder, on defense and at the plate.
He’d certainly benefit from playing in the thin air of Colorado. He’d also look pretty spiffy in the White Sox’ lineup, though he’d likely have to assume a platoon role there. Which, given that he as better in that role toward the end of his tenure in Los Angeles, would not be the worst idea. He didn’t like it all that much, but at the moment, he needs to find a job.
Anyway, look for Puig to be off the market soon.