The Toronto Blue Jays top prospect Vladimir Guerrero Jr. is barely 18 years old and already impressing with his lightning quick hands and rocket of an arm at minor league camp in Dunedin.
By now Guerrero needs no introduction to Blue Jays nation as the fan base eagerly awaits the maturation process on the diamond of the young phenom with blood lines like no other.
The third-baseman is still getting acclimatized to life in North America but Guerrero looked pretty comfortable yesterday at the dish facing New York Yankees prospect Albert Abreu. With a quick flip of the wrists, Guerrero sent a mid-nineties offering into the gap for an impressive double off one of the Yankees top farm-hands.
Blue Jays fans got a look at Guerrero last weekend when the top prospect drew into the lineup versus the Canadian Junior National Team. Although, Guerrero did not record a hit he made a great play on a deflected ball, bare-handing and throwing a seed across the diamond to record the out.
Guerrero who hails from the Dominican Republic was born in Montreal, Quebec during his father’s playing days with the Expos. Guerrero Jr. could technically suit up for Team Canada at the next World Baseball Classic if he so chooses.
Last season Guerrero put up impressive numbers as a 17-year old playing rookie ball with the Bluefield Blue Jays. The youngster had an impressive slash line of .271/.359/.449 with 8 home runs and 15 stolen bases in 20 attempts in his first 62 professional games.
It appears Guerrero will stick at third base for the time being although there were some initial discussions on where he would eventually end up. The burly Guerrero appears athletic enough to handle a corner outfield position as well.
As the Blue Jays continue to restock their prospect cupboard, there is no questioning Vladdy Jr. is the crown jewel of the bunch and a talent to be excited for if you are a Blue Jays enthusiast.