Vladimir Guerrero is on the verge of making the Hall of Fame, and his son, Vladimir Guerrero Jr., could be beginning a Hall of Fame track very soon.
MLBPipeline.com is releasing their Top 10 prospects at each position, and Guerrero Jr., who happens to be only 18 years old, is No. 1 on the third base list and it's not really close.
Of course, if you receive an 80 grade on your hit tool, which is the highest any prospect can receive (or has ever received, according to MLB.com), I'd reckon you would be at the very top.
An 80 hit tool!? Yes, that's an 80 hit tool -- the first we've ever given out. #BlueJays' Vladimir Guerrero Jr. has the highest offensive ceiling of any @MLB prospect & is No. 1 on our Top 10 3B Prospects list: https://t.co/l1C5KRCAgL pic.twitter.com/gkU1fz4tb5— MLB Pipeline (@MLBPipeline) January 23, 2018
He's the first player who's ever been given that high a grade, which basically tells you he's expected to be the next generation's next Miguel Cabrera, who is arguably one of the greatest right-handed hitters to ever play the game.
I'm not subtle about my appreciation for Vladimir Guerrero Jr. Should be a big day for the family, as his dad deservingly will enter the Hall of Fame. https://t.co/OTiV4C59oe— Jim Callis (@jimcallisMLB) January 24, 2018
Last season over 119 games at two different levels, Guerrero Jr. slashed .323/.425/.485 with 43 extra-base hits (13 home runs) and 76 RBI.
Baby Vlad still has a ways to go until he reaches the big leagues, but if he continues on this track, Toronto's replacement for Josh Donaldson at third base may come very soon.