A chiseled 6-foot-2, 185 pounds, Lourdes Gurriel definitely looks the part of a quality prospect, but he has been a flop thus far since signing a seven-year, $22 million deal with the Blue Jays last offseason. Gurriel suffered a hamstring injury in his first pro game, which cost him two months, and he scuffled at High-A and Double-A after returning. The one bright spot from his first pro season was the .291/.309/.494 slash line he posted in 79 at-bats in the Arizona Fall League. He walked just once over that span, but at least he flashed the potential to do some damage with the bat, hitting seven doubles and three home runs. Gurriel split time between second base and shortstop in his first season, but he doesn't have the range for shortstop, and fits better at second or third base. He turned 24 this offseason, so the clock is ticking for him to prove he can be more than a utility player in the big leagues.
Gurriel will extend his 2017 season by playing in the upcoming Arizona Fall League, Gregor Chisholm of MLB.com reports. A hamstring injury caused the prospect to delay his 2017 debut by more than two months. Gurriel struggled in his first professional season at both High-A Dunedin and Double-A New Hampshire. The AFL will give the youngster a chance to log much-needed at-bats and hone his defensive skills at multiple positions. Gurriel's AFL efforts are worth monitoring for those in dynasty formats.
Gurriel (hamstring) was activated from the minor-league disabled list Monday and rejoined High-A Dunedin, Keegan Matheson of MLB.com reports. Gurriel opened his first professional season on the DL after being injured in spring training. In his April 19 debut, the prospect re-aggravated his hamstring, and landed right back to the shelf. Gurriel stayed sidelined for two months before returning to action Monday (0-for-3) with High-A.
Gurriel (hamstring) has yet to return to action at High-A Dunedin since being placed on the 7-day DL nearly a month ago. Gurriel rushed back from a pair of injuries (thumb and hamstring) suffered during spring training, only to go down in his minor-league debut on April 19. The Blue Jays are obviously not going to push things with their No. 7 prospect this time around. There haven't been many reports of Gurriel's progress through his current rehab, but the 23-year-old should be back on the scene in the not-too-distant future.
Gurriel has a right hamstring strain and the Blue Jays will be conservative when it comes to returning him to action, Shi Davidi of Sportsnet reports. Gurriel suffered the injury during his minor-league debut Tuesday, in which he went 1-for-2 with a double. The 23-year-old also dealt with thumb and hamstring injuries throughout spring training, so the club will exercise great caution with the young shortstop. He'll spend some time on the 7-day DL for the time being.
Gurriel was removed from his minor-league debut when he came up limping while running the bases in Tuesday's game for High-A Dunedin, Robert Murray of Fan Rag Sports reports. After appearing in a few spring training contests with the big-league club, the Jays' No. 7 prospect began 2017 in Dunedin on the seven-day DL. Tuesday's occurrence appeared to be a problem with the same leg that hindered Gurriel originally. The organization has no reason to push his recovery and risk long-term problems, so it wouldn't be surprising to see Gurriel land right back on the DL -- for an extended period -- in the coming days.