Vladimir Guerrero Jr., the top prospect in baseball, had the day off Saturday against the RailRiders. He’s 2 for 5 with a double and a home run so far this series.
Guerrero is a career .330/.414/.530 hitter in the minor leagues. Last year, in 30 games at Triple-A, he hit .336/.414/.564 — while being 7.5 years younger than the average player at the level. He has 71 doubles, six triples and 42 home runs in 282 games.
Vladimir Guerrero Jr. hits a towering three-run homer off RailRiders reliever Adonis Rosa. pic.twitter.com/yyPgxMl4ZL
— Conor Foley (@RailRidersTT) April 12, 2019
Though he’s yet to play a game in the majors, it’s worth wondering whether the 20-year-old would be a candidate for the recent trend of teams locking young players into contract extensions early in their careers. In March, the White Sox gave outfielder Eloy Jiménez a six-year, $43 million deal with two club options before he played a game in the majors. Last year, Philadelphia signed Scott Kingery to a six-year, $24 million contract with two club options before his debut.
“That point hasn’t reached yet,” Guerrero said through a translator Saturday about whether he’d be interested in something similar from the Blue Jays. “We’re not there yet. But if they offered a contract and it looked good — I’m still keeping my mind on just playing in the major leagues and staying with this team.”
Houston’s Alex Bregman, Tampa Bay’s Blake Snell and Brandon Lowe, and Atlanta’s Ronald Acuña Jr. and Ozzie Albies are young players who also agreed to contact extensions this year.
That’s his guy
The first — and easy — answer is his dad, Vladimir Guerrero, the Hall of Fame slugger. But who else was Vlad Jr.’s favorite player growing up?
“Adrian Beltre,” he said. “I had the luck, the fortune of meeting him three years ago, so that was great because I really admired and looked up to him. It was great seeing him and being able to talk about defense and third base with him.”
More on the way
Guerrero is the oldest and the only one of his siblings playing professional baseball right now, but he thinks there’s something big coming.
“There’s a left-hander and I think he’s going to be better than I am,” he said.
That lefty is his 12-year-old brother, Vladi Miguel, and Guerrero said he’s already about his size.
? El zurdo de papá mostrando su fuerza y la mandó a viajar. ? | ?Dad’s Lefty showcasing his power and sending it flying.? pic.twitter.com/qdhgjLVrpo
— Vladimir Guerrero (@VladGuerrero27) January 31, 2019
Christopher Dolan / Staff photographer