Ready for the Show? Blue Jays prospect Vlad Guerrero Jr. now hitting .423 in Double-A as 19-year-old

If the Toronto Blue Jays intend to keep Vladimir Guerrero Jr. in the minors for much longer, then he's making it very difficult for them to execute that plan.

On Sunday, Guerrero Jr. had a four-for-four game that saw him deliver a walk-off home-run. Here's a look at the dinger:

In 38 games at Double-A, Guerrero Jr. is now hitting .423/.468/.705. Yes, really. Keep in mind something else -- he turned 19 in March … as in, March of 2018.

Predictably, folks are starting to wonder what the Jays are waiting for -- especially in light of the Atlanta Braves bringing up Ronald Acuna Jr., the New York Yankees promoting Gleyber Torres and the Washington Nationals calling for Juan Soto.

The answer -- at least the public-facing one -- is that Guerrero Jr. isn't a skilled defender at the hot corner, and that promoting him now would cost him developmental time.

Still, it's hard to overlook that the Blue Jays could use a boost at DH right now (Kendrys Morales entered Sunday with a 38 OPS+) and that Toronto needs the help if they're going to remain in the wild-card race. Should the Jays continue their slide, they could get Guerrero Jr. a look at third base without the results mattering -- especially if they move Josh Donaldson in a trade.

As such, it seems like a clear case where the Jays are suppressing Guerrero Jr.'s service time in order to prevent him from reaching Super Two status. It's a move that many, though obviously not all organizations would make. That doesn't mean it's one that should be applauded; it does mean that baseball is worse off for it. 

CBS Sports Staff

R.J. Anderson joined CBS Sports in 2016. He previously wrote for Baseball Prospectus, where he contributed to five of the New York Times bestselling annuals. His work has also appeared in Newsweek and... Full Bio

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