Article Written by Travis Aylward (@travaylward)
After a doubleheader Sunday in which Vladimir Guerrero Jr. going 5-8 in total, he now has an insane .421 batting average to go along with 1.169 OPS. Not to mention he has more walks than strikeouts. In the 1st game of a doubleheader, Guerrero Jr. went 4/4 with 3 singles and capped it off with a walk-off homerun. He went 1-3 in the 2nd game.
Following a 4-game sweep at home at the hands of the Oakland Athletics, most talk surrounding the Blue Jays has to do with Guerrero Jr.. Some fans want him called up now, while others want him to continue developing on the field. Some fans don’t want him called up for the sole reason of service time; If Vlad Jr. plays in the majors this year, the Blue Jays would have him under control for only 6 years. If they wait until next year to call him up, they would have him under control for 7 years. Ross Atkins says service time has nothing to do with the fact Guerrero Jr. is still in the minor leagues. He says that he, as well as the club, feel that Guerrero Jr. still has some improvements to make on the defensive side of the game. To boot (via the NY Post)
"We feel like there is a good opportunity in the minor leagues for (Guerrero) to become a better, more well-rounded player than in the major leagues. What I can tell you is service time is not going to be the issue. That is not what this market deserves. It is not how anyone in this organization is wired.”
Vladimir Guerrero Jr. isn’t the only future Blue Jay tearing up the AA league. Teammate, as well as #11 prospect, Bo Bichette is also having himself a good season. Bichette has a .258 average with a .947 OPS. Although it took him 35 games to hit his 1st home run, he has 10 doubles, 3 triples, and 19 walks.
Multiple other Fisher Cats are having good seasons as well. Lourdes Gurriel Jr., who has seen time in the Majors, is hitting .347. Cavan Biggio, the current team homerun leader, is hitting .297 with 12 homeruns – 4 more homeruns than 2nd place Guerrero Jr. Harold Ramirez, Patrick Cantwell, Jonathan Davis, Andrew Guillotte, and Bo Bichette are all hitting over .250. As for pitchers, Jordan Romano is the team ERA leader as well as innings pitched leader, with an ERA of 1.94 and 46.1 innings pitched. Sean Reid-Foley has an ERA of 2.03 in 44.1 innings pitched. After those two, it gets rough. Nick Tepesch has an ERA of 5.53, while Jon Harris has a 7.03 ERA. Aside from those four, it’s hard to tell how good they are due to the lack of innings pitched. They’re not big enough sample sizes to tell how good these pitchers are.
As for Guerrero Jr., his time will come. Blue Jays front office wants him to continue developing, while Blue Jays fans want him up now. All Vlad can do is to continue hitting at this pace. If he does, he might just force the Blue Jays to call him up. Until then, we can continue to watch him tear apart the AA league.
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