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