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.
Vladimir Guerrero Jr. has been reassigned to minor league camp per #BlueJays— Ben Nicholson-Smith (@bnicholsonsmith) March 14, 2019
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.