Vlad Jr. has some of the loftiest expectations of any baseball prospect in recent memory thanks to the accomplishments of his legendary father. Just two days after his father was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, Vlad Jr. collected his first hit in Triple-A, a line drive single to left field to give the Buffalo Bisons a baserunner.
Guerrero, who was recently named baseball's top prospect by Baseball America, earned a promotion to Triple-A while rehabbing a minor leg injury. Before the injury, Guerrero hit .402 in 61 Double-A games with 14 home runs and 60 RBI, getting on base at a .449 clip and slugging .671.
Toronto Blue Jays fans are hoping that Guerrero can have the same impact on the big league club that talents like Bryce Harper and Juan Soto have made for the Washington Nationals at the time of their debuts. Even though Guerrero is only 19 years old, they may not have to wait too much longer.
With two down in the first for the Bisons, Vlad Guerrero Jr. steps to the plate with a boisterous round of applause. Fans loving it.— Joe Yerdon (@JoeYerdon) July 31, 2018
Guerrero has been playing third base in the minors, a spot that has been filled at the big league level mostly by Yangervis Solarte, who is likely a non-factor in Toronto's long-term plans. Solarte has hit .235 with 17 home runs and 53 RBI, but do not expect him to stay in Toronto by the time Guerrero establishes himself.
Vlad Jr. is not in the majors yet, though, so enjoy watching him rake in the closest step to becoming a major leaguer.