The proverbial monkey is off the back of Vladmir Guerrero Jr. as the rookie launched not one but two homers last night in San Francisco.
After 53 MLB plate appearances, the inevitable finally happened as Vladimir Guerrero Jr. connected for his first big league home run off Giants hurler Nick Vincent to straightaway centrefield. The 20-year old also became the youngest Blue Jays player in franchise history to hit a home run.
The phenom would go yard yet again in the sixth inning, this time off of pitcher Reyes Moronta depositing an 89 MPH changeup over the left-centrefield wall. Vladdy would also add a single and walk in the contest bumping his average to .235
An interesting twist to the story is that Vladimir Guerrero Sr. won the 2007 Home Run Derby in San Francisco edging Blue Jays outfielder Alex Rios in the finals to win the State Farm Derby at then AT&T Park. Current Angels player Albert Pujols also competed in the derby along with Prince Fielder, Justin Morneau, Ryan Howard, Magglio Ordonez, and Matt Holliday.
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Guerrero Jr. also smoked a foul a ball that was reportedly clocked with a 120 MPH exit velocity by Statcast. This kid is going to be special and he is just getting warmed up.
Speaking of offence, Blue Jays pitcher Trent Thornton had to fend for himself with the stick due to the Giants hosting the game in a National League park. Thornton channeled his inner Vladdy stroking two base hits during the affair. The switch-hitting hurler sports a .667 batting average after his first three MLB plate appearances.
Former Blue Jays outfielder Kevin Pillar stroked a double, swiped a bag, scored a run and made an error in a losing effort for the Giants.
With the monkey off his back and the first two homers under his belt, the sky is the limit for Vladdy Jr. moving forward. He appears poised to go on an offensive run and showcase what we have all been waiting for.