​Back in February, Toronto Blue Jays general manager Ross Atkins made the absurd claim that lauded prospect ​Vlad Guerrero Jr., wasn't ready for the big leagues

As we expected, the youngster took those comments to heart and ​proceeded to mash in Spring Training to try and sway the opinions of Toronto's front office. 

HOWEVER, much to the dismay of Jays fans -- and baseball fans around the country -- the club announced on Thursday that Guerrero has officially been demoted to the minors. 

Could this be a response to the ​recent oblique strain Vlad suffered that is expected to hold him out for about a month? Perhaps not entirely, but expect the organization to use that as their big excuse so the 19-year-old can make up for lost at-bats. 

The phenom had four hits and a walk in 20 plate appearances with Toronto this spring. He posted a 1.073 OPS with 20 home runs in 95 games across four different minor league levels last season. 

The ​MLB will just have to wait for its No. 1 prospect to take the league by storm. Unfortunately for Vlad Jr., the injury has essentially forced the Blue Jays to continue to slow-play his development.