Vladimir Guerrero Jr. Toronto Blue Jays

Age: 19 (March 16, 1999) | 6' 3" | 200lbs. | Bats: Right Minors: 3b-79 dh-13
TOR R 2018 3 9 3 3 1 1 2 0 0 0 0 0 .333 .400 .556 10 1.0 .375 n/a
TOR A+ 2018 1 4 1 2 0 0 1 0 0 2 0 0 .500 .500 .750 0 0.0 .500 n/a
TOR AA 2018 61 234 48 94 21 27 19 1 14 60 3 3 .402 .449 .671 10 1.3 .402 n/a
TOR AAA 2018 30 110 15 37 15 10 7 0 6 16 0 0 .336 .414 .564 8 0.7 .323 n/a
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The top 3 hitters in the AZL are Tyler Nevin .480 (son of Phil), Vlad Jr. .467 (son of the Impaler), and Dalton Varsho (.414) son of Gary and named for Darren - he plays catcher like his namesake. They're also 1,2,3 in OBP as well.

Daz Cameron (son of Mike) isn't too shabby either, at .343.

Eugene Freedman EugeneFreed
Oct 27

Keith Law scouted him in AZ.  He reports that Vlad Jr. is too good for the AFL and is just fooling around there because it's not a challenge.  Sadly, he'll be in AAA not being challenged for a little more than half of April next year too.

I caught three games fromVladimir Guerrero Jr., who is so clearly the best player here -- one of the best in the history of the Arizona Fall League -- that he seems to be on cruise control. He's so far ahead of the pitchers he's facing that he seems like he's bored and isn't showing his normal, disciplined approach at the plate, instead swinging earlier in the count and often swinging for the fences to try to create some highlight moments for the crowds (who cheer every time he's up, regardless of the ballpark).

Of course, the story the Toronto Blue Jays front office is peddling is that he's here to work on his defense at third base and that that's why they didn't call him up in September or sooner, even though his bat has been ready since May or so. They're technically correct -- his defense at third is poor, and given his sheer size, it's more likely to get worse than better -- but a few weeks in the AFL isn't going to make any difference, and there's no sign right now that he's any better at third than he was in the spring. He has a plus arm, and his hands are fine, but moving that sheer bulk quickly enough for third is difficult, and he's going to end up somewhere else -- maybe right field, most likely first base or DH. The physical comparables for him are relatively few, and the only one who stayed at third, Miguel Cabrera, wasn't this big at 19 and was a well below-average defender at third base once he did get huge.

That said, Vlad is clearly having fun in Arizona, making the best of the situation. I saw him catch a throw from the shortstop to complete a 6-5 double play. Then he immediately threw up his hands to celebrate the good play and darted off the field. He's bouncing around and laughing during batting practice. He's still animated and runs hard when he puts the ball in play. My guess is he just knows he's too good for the league, so he's relaxing and enjoying it, rather than sulking and mailing it in. I do wish I'd gotten to see more of the real Vlad, but I'm not the least bit worried that I didn't.

Eugene Freedman EugeneFreed
Oct 22

We now have his 2018 stats to admire. After the AFL season has ended, we'll post those as well.

Alex Patton Alex
Oct 21


Mike Gianella MikeG
Oct 11

He's now 6 for 9 with 4 doubles in the AFL.

Eugene Freedman EugeneFreed
Oct 11

It wasn't his final game. There's still the AFL. And, of course, the first x-games next year at Buffalo.

Surprise. He can still hit.

Vladimir Guerrero Jr., Blue Jays: The third baseman started his Arizona Fall League campaign on a strong note with a 3-for-5 effort with two doubles and three RBIs. After going hitless in his first two at-bats, Guerrero found the barrel in his next three tries, shooting two-baggers to left and a single to right field.

Alex Patton Alex
Oct 10

1-for-4 as the DH in his final game for Buffalo.

It better be his final game.

Alex Patton Alex
Sep 4

Vladimir Guerrero Jr., 3B, Blue Jays. Short of a an amazing W.P. Kinsella-esque never-ending game, Guerrero is not going to hit .400. But the best prospect in baseball did reach 20 home runs for the season with his sixth Triple-A home run yesterday. His .384 batting average leads the minors by more than 30 points. He's third in the minors with a .440 OBP and he leads the minors with a .640 slugging percentage.

Alex Patton Alex
Sep 3

Vladimir Guerrero Jr., 3B, Blue Jays. Guerrero hit his 19th home run of the season yesterday, but he did it in a 1-for-4 night. While no one will complain about a day like that, it does lower his overall average to .387, making it even more unlikely that he'll hit .400 with just a week to go in the season.

Alex Patton Alex
Aug 28

Vladimir Guerrero Jr., 3B, Blue Jays. Guerrero went 0-for-4 on Sunday. He's assured of the minor league batting title, as his .389 average leads by a massive margin. But if he's going to hit .400, he's going to need a furious finish. Assuming Guerrero has 25 more at-bats this season, he'd need to go 13-for-25 (.520) over the final week to crack .400.

I don't put it past him.

Alex Patton Alex
Aug 27