Bo and Vlad will start in Double-A

According to Mark Shapiro (as reported by TSN’s Rick Westhead) Bo Bichette and Vladimir Guerrero Jr. — our Large Adult Sons, the future of the franchise, the reasons to get excited about the 2020s — will be starting the 2018 season with Double-A New Hampshire.

Despite Marcus Stroman saying that he wants to see Bo and Vlad on the team because they’re both good enough to make the team better, the Jays are completely unsurprisingly taking it slow with their No. 1 and No. 2 ranked prospects. This is the level we all expected them to be playing at this year and actually expecting them to come north was all, of course, in jest.

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Bo and Vlad started last year with Low-A Lansing and both ended up on the Florida State League co-champion winning team in High-A Dunedin. Dunedin ended up splitting the championship with the Palm Beach Cardinals because of Hurricane Irma.

The two of them were ridiculously good last year and honestly probably could have played at a higher level. Bo slashed a .362/.423/.565 line between Lansing and Dunedin and was named Minor League Baseball offensive Player of the Year and Midwestern (Low-A) League MVP while Vlad Jr. slashed a .323/.425/.485 line and amazingly performed better in Dunedin than Lansing.

Like I said, this isn’t a surprise at all. Both performed well at Single-A last year so this is the natural progression for advanced prospects. There’s a good chance we see both prospects move up to Triple-A at some point in the season. I doubt we see either players on the big league club this year. But in 2019, though? It wouldn’t be surprising in the slightest.