Like father, like son to the extreme.
Yes, we're all blown away by Ken Griffey Sr. and Jr., the gold standard in the MLB in terms of impressive family feats. And while Vlad Guerrero Jr. and his pops will never bat in the same game (unless...), they've certainly got the Griffeys beat in terms of similarity.
For those of us who believe Junior deserves to be called up soon (those of us on the right side of history), feast your eyes on the pair's stats. Vlad the Elder got exactly 1,055 minor league at-bats before his promotion, and that's where his son's at now. The mirror image nature of these numbers is mind-boggling.
Vladimir Guerrero Jr. now has exactly the same number of at-bats his dad had before his MLB debut. Through 1,055 AB's,— Kelsie Heneghan (@Kelsie_Heneghan) April 15, 2019
Vlad Sr: .343 AVG, 45 HR, 184 RBI, 95 BB, 115 K in 285 G
Vlad Jr: .332 AVG, 42 HR, 206 RBI, 149 BB, 137 K in 283 G
The younger Vlad caught his dad in terms of RBI and walks by a wide margin. The dinger count favors pops, which we didn't completely expect; after all, don't y'all remember rail-thin 1995 Guerrero?
Regardless, everything about this profile screams, "Promote him now!" It'd be amazing to forgo the service time snafu and just let both men enter the bigs with the exact same number of ABs, but no. That's too pure for the modern game.
El negro con gran inicio de temporada y hoy sumó 3 hits en 5 turnos con 1 remolcada. | El Negro with a great start to the season, today he collected 3 hits on 5 at bats, with 1 RBI.#VG27 pic.twitter.com/2dQdY5kk72— Vladimir Guerrero (@VladGuerrero27) April 15, 2019
Maybe just sit Vlad Jr. until he can safely be promoted in a week or so? The man's proven enough to get a shot to equal his father at the next level, too.