Well, this is unfortunate.
Any Toronto Blue Jays fan, or fan of baseball for that matter, is counting down the days until Vladimir Guerrero Jr. arrives in the big leagues. Sadly, that day will not come in 2018.
This is the business of baseball, and it needs to be fixed. Fans want to see this guy and it's ruining everyone's experience with the sport. Vlad is more than ready -- and has been -- to make his MLB debut.
Blue Jays general manager Ross Atkins confirmed on Monday that Vlad Jr. will not be called up to the big league roster this September. Instead, Guerrero will be sent to the Arizona Fall League, a developmental league that runs for six weeks starting in October.
Guerrero's stats say that he might be the most deserving candidate for a call-up in recent memory. Across four minor-league levels in 2018, Guerrero hit .384 with an on-base percentage of .441 and a slugging percentage of .633. The 19-year-old faces extremely lofty expectations thanks to his Hall of Fame father, but if those numbers are anything to go by, he thrives under pressure.
#BlueJays phenom Vladimir Guerrero Jr., @MLB's top prospect, homered for the 20th time this season in the penultimate game of the season for the @BuffaloBisons: https://t.co/3irdiukkUe pic.twitter.com/apSkwzxk3l— MLB Pipeline (@MLBPipeline) September 3, 2018
Perhaps Guerrero's biggest roadblock to the big leagues was his position. He mans third base down in the minors, where 2015 American League MVP Josh Donaldson staked his claim for Toronto. However, with Donaldson being dealt to the Cleveland Indians on Friday, there was a glimmer of hope for "Vladdy Day" in Toronto.
That will not be the case this season, as the painfully mediocre Yangervis Solarte will be taking over hot corner duties for the Jays. We will have to wait another year for baseball's top prospect to make the majors.
Here's to hoping that it is worth the wait.