On Thursday, the 20-year-old, who is MLB Pipeline’s No. 1 overall prospect, Vladimir Guerrero Jr. made his 2019 Triple-A debut coming off of a slight injury. Guerrero MLB’s top prospect made a big impression when he hit a home run that might have struck appropriately, a low-flying plane.
It would be a lie to say that Guerrero is not ready for the majors yet. He has done everything he can do at the minor-league level.
Guerrero can’t get to the majors soon enough now that he has shown that he is over with his pre-season injury. He did not take long to make a significant effect in his Triple-A return on Thursday, hitting a mammoth three-run homer to left field in the fifth inning against Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.
He walked his first time up and had an RBI double and a stolen base in the third inning before his big blast in the fifth though he was batting third in Buffalo’s lineup and serving as the designated hitter.
Triple-A Buffalo is expected to be Guerrero’s final stop before he makes his Major League debut. Blue Jays president Mark Shapiro said in late March that Guerrero would be on an “accelerated” path to the Majors once he returned to health.
Guerrero experienced Triple-A competition for the first time in 2018 and hit .336/.414/.564 with six homers in 30 games. That came after he recorded a .402/.449/.671 slash lines with 14 homers over 61 games for Double-A New Hampshire.