With a list of 2nd generation big leaguers that includes Vladimir Guerrero Jr., Bo Bichette, Cavan Biggio, and several more all in the Blue Jays system, and them being the sons of former major league ballplayers, it makes sense for people to start looking to the past to see if it can help predict the future.
Having a look at the Blue Jays minor league system kinda leaves you hoping: Like father like son?
Vladimir Guerrero Jr walking off the last Blue Jays spring training game in 2018 only fuels more comparisons. It was just over 11 months ago that the 19-year-old Vlad Jr launched the game-winning home run in his father’s former home park at Olympic stadium in Montreal, leaving many to wonder if Vlad Guerrero Jr. was as good, or even better prepared to dominate the MLB than his father was.
It was the moment that cemented in lots of fan’s minds that Guerrero was for real, and could carve his own path from underneath his father’s tremendously large shadow.
Comparing the new generation players to their fathers just isn’t fair when you are talking about Vladimir Guerrero, Dante Bichette, Craig Biggio, and Mark Leiter. Between the four of them there are 20 all-star nominations, 14 silver slugger awards, and two of them are in the Hall of Fame.
That’s quite the high bar.
Could it be possible though that some of the current Blue Jays prospects are already outpacing their fathers when it comes to minor league statistics?
In this slideshow, we will compare those Blue Jays prospects minor league numbers against their fathers at the same age, and see who comes out on top.
We’ll start with Vladimir Guerrero Jr, to see how he measures up to his 9x all-star father’s minor league statistics from his 1995 season.