Blue Jays to promote Vladimir Guerrero Jr. to majors
The wait is finally over. Vladimir Guerrero Jr., baseball’s top prospect, will be called up to the major leagues in time for Friday’s game against Oakland.
According to Blue Jays manager Charlie Montoyo, the Blue Jays are calling up Vladimir Guerrero Jr. to make his major-league debut on Friday against the visiting Oakland Athletics.
Montoyo told Marly Rivera of ESPN that he has not yet decided where Guerrero Jr. will hit in the lineup. He said proudly that he’s excited for Toronto, for the Blue Jays, and for Guerrero Jr. himself.
Previously, Hector Gomez out of the Dominican Republic falsely reported that the Blue Jays planned to bring up Guerrero on Tuesday night to debut against the visiting San Francisco Giants at Rogers Centre.
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Now, Guerrero, just 20, will make his debut against Mike Fiers of the Oakland Athletics. Earlier this spring, Guerrero suffered an oblique strain that kept him out of baseball action for the start of the season.
This season, appearing primarily for the Triple-A Buffalo Bisons, Guerrero smashed three home runs and slashed an incredible .367/.424/.700 in eight games, adding seven runs and a double to go along with three walks and just two strikeouts.
Last season, with the Double-A New Hampshire Fisher Cats, Vlad posted an extraordinary 1.120 OPS in 61 games, adding 14 dingers and 60 RBI in 234 at-bats.
Guerrero’s MiLB career will now come to an end. After it’s all said and done, baseball’s number one prospect has slashed .331/.413/.531 with 44 home runs, 209 RBI, 150 walks, 71 doubles, 27 stolen bases, and 356 runs scored in 1075 at-bats spread across 288 games at all levels of minor-league competition.
For Blue Jays fans, the wait is finally over, as Vladimir Guerrero Jr. will, for the first time, grace the turf at Rogers Centre. More to come.