The Toronto Blue Jays new young guns are proving that records were meant to be broken as both Bo Bichette and Lourdes Gurriel Jr. have set new marks.
Bo Bichette has set the baseball world on fire since his recent promotion absolutely raking over his first 11 games in the majors. The Blue Jays 21-year old eclipsed the major league consecutive doubles record last night hitting a two-bagger in his ninth consecutive game.
The rookie also topped the franchise consecutive doubles mark surpassing the previous record held by Carlos Delgado who swatted seven in 2000. Bo also has 13 total extra-base hits in his first 11 career games which has never previously been duplicated in MLB history.
Over his first 11 games, Bichette is hitting .408 with 20 hits including nine doubles and four homers. Bichette and Cavan Biggio also became the first pair of Blue Jays rookies to ever go back-to-back in franchise history when they victimized Orioles pitcher Tom Eshelman this past Sunday.
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Lourdes Gurriel Jr. also set an impressive franchise record when he became the fastest player to 30 home runs in Jays history. Gurriel hit 30 in his first 143 games passing the previous 147 game clip set by slugger Fred McGriff. Teoscar Hernandez is also on the list, however, it took Hernandez 162 games to reach the 30-homer mark.
Vladimir Guerrero Jr. is the first rookie in franchise history to win two “Player of the Week” honours in one season. The Jays also set a major league rookie record with five grand slams surpassing the previous record of four slams. Vladdy and Rowdy Tellez have a pair while Biggio has one slam to make five.
The most impressive thing of all this is that the kids are just getting warmed and haven’t even scratched the surface of their offensive capabilities. Buckle up, it’s going to be a fun ride.