Toronto Blue Jays: Vladimir Guerrero Jr.’s leaves lasting impression

MIAMI, FL - JULY 09: Vladimir Guerrero Jr.
MIAMI, FL - JULY 09: Vladimir Guerrero Jr. /

The Toronto Blue Jays ended their spring training schedule off with a bang thanks to the heroics of Vladimir Guerrero Jr.

Due up in the ninth inning for the Toronto Blue Jays, Vladimir Guerrero Jr. had one last chance to make leave his mark on the crowd at Olympic Stadium.

The night before he was serenaded by the crowd when he entered as a defensive replacement, but nothing would compare to what he would do on Tuesday night. With a 1-0 count, the 19-year-old found the pitch he was looking for and there was no doubt that it was leaving the ballpark.

There was no better way to set up the memorable moment, it was in the ballpark his father used to terrorize pitchers in and where he was wearing the famous number 27.

All that was missing was Guerrerro Jr. rounding the bases with the lights shining bright and he did not disappoint.

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If this is what the future looks like, Blue Jays fans should be doing the Carlton dance because it has been a while since they have had such a highly regarded positional prospect.

Obviously, there has been chatter surrounding the potential of Guerrero Jr. and Bo Bichette being called up to Triple-A or the team late in the season if they do well in Double-A. Expect Mark Shapiro and Ross Atkins to pump the brakes on any type of scenario that sees their top prospects making the early jump.

Even the young prospect was careful to not mention anything about playing for the Blue Jays this season. Rather, he talked about the learning experience, as opposed to a chance to try and make the team.

"“Everything I’ve been doing that last two days here I’m going to remember,” said Guerrero to the media postgame. “I think it’s a step forward in my learning process, in my career. …“When you play with other players that have more experience than you, it motivates you and you learn more about yourself. For me, I’m just trying to give my best every time I go out there and I see those guys that are veterans giving their 100 percent, that’s what I try to do every time.”"

Ever since he signed with the team, Guerrero Jr.’s stock has been high and his father’s legacy was a part of the reason. Now, he’s trying to step out of his father’s shadow which is not easy to do, but at the same time he is almost an exact clone of him at the plate.

It is clear that Guerrero Jr. is as ready as any prospect can be at the plate, but the Blue Jays probably want him to get more experience in the field at third base.

Whether that is where he will slot in when the time does come is uncertain at this point, but everything is working out how it should do and that should excite fans.

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What did you think about Guerrero Jr.’s walk-off home run? Should he be considered for a promotion late in the season or should the Blue Jays wait until next season? Let us know in the comments.