18-Year-Old Third Baseman – Toronto Blue Jays
2018 Fantasy Baseball Outlook
An 18-year-old with future 70s and 80s on his hit and power tools (depending which scout you ask), Guerrero looks like a generational hitting talent. His accomplishments as the youngest player at Low-...
Vladimir Guerrero Jr. Contract Information:
Signed with the Blue Jays in July 2015.
Guerrero wrapped up his first full-season campaign with a .323/.425/.485 slash line, 13 home runs, 76 RBI and 84 runs over 119 games combined at Low-A and High-A.
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Vladimir Guerrero Jr.: Minor League Games Played By Position
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Toronto Blue Jays Roster
MajorsBarnes, Danny (P)
AACase, Andrew (P)
A+Bichette, Bo (SS)
AAnderson, Jacob (OF)
RookieAdams, Riley (C)
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RotoWire's Preseason Outlooks
One may be tempted to say that Guerrero has impossibly large shoes to fill, but judging by the early returns at the ripe age of 17, the new "Junior" looks up to the task. He made it look easy at rookie-level Bluefield in 2016, posting a 122 wRC+, eight homers and a 33:35 BB:K in 276 plate appearances against competition that was on average more than three years older than him. Guerrero also showed an ability to handle right-handed pitching (.859 OPS), a necessity for any right-handed power bat. He may have to move from third base to first base or an outfield corner, but if he hits as expected, he will be a perennial early-round pick in fantasy, regardless of where he plays. He has a little speed at this stage but that is unlikely to be a big part of his game at maturity. While Guerrero is several years away from reaching the majors, he has all the makings of an impact fantasy option.
Few names are as synonymous with raw power as Vladimir Guerrero, so itís no surprise that his 16-year-old son looks like quite the prospect. Signed in July of 2015 for $3.9 million, the teenager is a free-swinging power hitter that shares a number of other traits with his father. At the plate, despite being born in 1999, he has good hand-eye coordination and tremendous bat speed. Heís a poor runner, grading out as a 35 on the 20-80 scouting scale, and he possesses less-than-ideal arm strength (unlike his father, who packed a Howitzer). While thatís not to say that he canít develop into the player his father was, the 6-foot-1, 200-pound Guerrero still has plenty of time to mature into a strong MLB contributor. He should start the season playing rookie ball, and while his dream of playing in the majors at 18 is highly unlikely to happen, he has the power to progress rapidly through the minor league ranks.