The most anticipated prospect in Toronto Blue Jays history wasted no time showing off his skill set in his first Arizona Fall League game of the season.
Vladimir Guerrero Jr. is one of seven Blue Jays farmhands representing the Surprise Saguaros for the fall season. The Surprise was on the losing end of a 10-8 slugfest at the hands of the Salt River Rafters in AFL opener last night.
Guerrero picked up right where he left off banging out three hits including two doubles in a losing effort for the Saguaros. Vladdy also knocked in three and scored a run before being lifted for pinch runner Lane Thomas in the 9th inning.
The only other Blue Jays player to see action in the contest was Cavan Biggio who debuted in right-field for Manager Stubby Clapp. Biggio notched a hit, scored and knocked in a run and stole a base in the AFL opener.
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The Surprise staked themselves to an early three-run lead however the Rafter erupted for five runs in the 4th inning to regain the lead. Vladdy and company would tie the game in the 6th inning but the Rafters would score two in the 7th and 8th plus a lone run in the 9th to secure the opening night victory.
Surprisingly none of the 18 runs were scored by way of the long ball although there were three triples and six stolen bases between the two teams in the contest.
Last winter Guerrero played winter ball in the Dominican League hitting .211/.276/.278 without a homer in 26 games for Leones del Escogido. You can bank that Vladdy Jr. will not put up an uninspiring stat line like that ever again.
We may not have the postseason but we do have the number one prospect in baseball still playing baseball in October. Enjoy it.