It has been a rough season defensively at third base for Vladimir Guerrero Jr. and the Toronto Blue Jays should consider where he projects over the long term.
The past couple of weeks have been exciting for the Toronto Blue Jays with the young players taking the reigns and actually giving fans a reason to watch a lost season.
Of course, there have been some growing pains along the way but considering how young the current players are and the spotlight on them, it’s not surprising to see the occasional struggle. When it comes to Vladimir Guerrero Jr., there are certain things that are tough to overlook even though he is the best young player in the game.
At the plate, Vlad Jr. is a star and with time it’s scary to think how much he will improve but at third base, it looks like an adventure at times. While the team will say they are willing to be patient with Guerrero Jr.’s progress defensively, there could come the time where it is time to move him to another position.
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The team has been pretty patient with the 20-year-old and there isn’t a rush to make a final determination of where he should play but when you consider where the Blue Jays want to go, it is tough to see Guerrero Jr. staying at third base.
In 65 games this season, he has 13 errors at third base which puts him tied for third in the MLB with Rafael Devers leading the league with 17, Jose Ramirez second with 14 but both have played 100+ games this season.
Obviously, errors shouldn’t be the only judge of whether a player can or cannot play a position but eventually, the Blue Jays are going to have more defensively reliable prospects knocking on the door and it would make more sense to move Vlad if the time calls for it.
A good comparison you can make is when the team moved Edwin Encarnacion from third base to first base and also used him as the designated hitter. Everyone knows that Encarnacion’s impact is felt at the plate and being at first base allowed him to do just that.
So why shouldn’t the Blue Jays consider the same thing with Guerrero Jr.? There is nothing wrong with accepting a move like but it wasn’t considered at the start of the season because the team had Justin Smoak and Rowdy Tellez in that spot but going forward, the team should consider a change even if they bring Smoak back.
What do you think the Blue Jays should do with Guerrero Jr.? Which position should he be playing? Let us know in the comments below.