Guerrero was once a prospect of some renown, but after managing an ugly .281 on-base percentage between Double-A and Triple-A last season, the Diamondbacks elected to drop him from the 40-man roster in November. The Reds went on to claim Guerrero off waivers, but parted ways with him just a few days later in order to open up a roster spot for another player. Cincinnati still apparently sees potential in the 22-year-old outfielder, however, as he'll remain with the organization and figures to report to Triple-A Louisville coming out of spring training.
Guerrero was brought in on a waiver claim from Arizona just days ago, but the Reds ultimately thought better of tendering him a contract for 2017. The 22-year-old hit just .234/.281/.383 between Double-A and Triple-A last season, with a dismal .586 OPS in 34 games in the Pacific Coast League.
The nephew of Vladimir Guerrero was DFA'd by the Diamondbacks earlier in the month after failing to impress between Double-A and Triple-A last season. That being said, the 22-year-old outfielder does possess an intriguing mix of extra-base power and speed, so if he can get his strikeout rate on par with his nice 8.2 percent walk rate he posted with Triple-A Reno, Guerrero could garner a bit more attention in the Reds organization.
Guerrero was designated for assignment by Arizona on Friday ahead of the Rule 5 draft.
Guerrero failed to show much improvement between Double-A Mobile and Triple-A Reno this season, posting a .234/.281/.383 line, so Arizona decided to use his 40-man spot on prospect Domingo Leyba instead.
Guerrero has a .222/.266/.368 line through 43 games at Double-A Mobile.
While his slash line may be seen as disappointing to most, Guerrero has slightly improved from 2015's numbers. His on-base percentage is up from .258 and his slugging percentage has risen from .343. Guerrero has hit four home runs, putting him on pace to surpass last year's lackluster total of seven. However, his strikeout rate of 23.6 percent is far too high and a .222 batting average leaves much to be desired. Guerrero will likely stay at Double-A Mobile for the remainder of the season to work towards reaching his power hitting potential.
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