With Vladimir Guerrero Jr. continuing to thrive no matter what situation he’s put in, how much longer can the Toronto Blue Jays take a cautious approach with him?
The Toronto Blue Jays are trying their best to play it smart with Vladimir Guerrero Jr. However, the top-rated prospect is making it harder for the organisation to continue taking a cautious approach with him.
It seems like no matter what situation Guerrero Jr. is placed in, he thrives. The latest such example is his production this season in Double-A, with the New Hampshire Fisher Cats.
In fact, it’s almost ridiculous how easy the 19-year-old is making it look at the moment, when it comes to playing the game of baseball. The latest such example came on Tuesday night, versus the Portland Sea Dogs.
The third baseman more than played his part, as he hit a home run and added three RBIs. However, he is taking it all in his stride, as he told Doug Alden of The Canadian Press, via the Toronto Star: “I just come up here and try to work every day and control what I can control.”
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And make no mistake about it; Guerrero Jr. is doing more than just controlling what he can do. Following Tuesday night, he now has 11 homers and 53 RBIs on the season, while recording a fantastic slash line of .426 / .474 / .716.
At this point, in should be noted the Montreal, Quebec native is no one-trick pony. He’s also pretty damn good defensively, helped by an arm which is the equivalent of a heat-seeking missile.
This leads to the inevitable question of how much longer the Blue Jays can resist the urge to give Guerrero Jr. his shot in the Majors? Yes, he should probably play some Triple-A ball first, but as Toronto’s season continues to gradually slip away, they could use the boost.
One person who believes the right-hander should get his shot sooner than later, is New Hampshire manager John Schneider. As reported by Alden, he said:
"“Vlady can go play in the big leagues right now — I think everyone knows that — and handle himself just fine. Until I get that call, I’m going to enjoy writing him into the three-hole every night.”"
Conventional wisdom says Guerrero Jr. is too young and it’s too soon to expose his at the MLB level. However, there is also the saying that if you’re good enough, you’re old enough.
One prime example of this was Ken Griffey Jr. He made his debut for the Seattle Mariners at the tender age of 19, he settled in right away and the rest is history.
Now, we’re not comparing Guerrero Jr. to Griffey per se. The Hall of Famer is one of the greatest players in Major League History.
However, the 13-time All-Star still serves as an example of what is possible, no matter how unlikely it may seem. And let’s not forget who Guerrero Jr.’s dad is; there’s good genetics running through that family.
As such, this is why the Blue Jays should give their young talent a chance at the Major League level at some point this season. Really, they have everything to gain and virtually nothing to lose.
What would you do in the Toronto Blue Jays’ situation? How much longer would you resist giving him his chance in the Majors? Share your thoughts in the comments section below.