Boy oh boy, the Blue Jays are painful to watch right now. The Seattle series was good and fun, but since returning home the Jays have put up a couple miserable performances against an absolutely dominant Boston Red Sox team.
I think Nick Ashborne over at Yahoo Sports said it perfectly when he wrote that the worst thing about the Jays right now is the lack of intrigue on the big league roster. Ryan Borucki is really the only prospect on the team, otherwise the most intriguing storylines, as Ashborne writes, are things like whether or not Randal Grichuk and Aledmys Diaz have a future with the team.
Soooooo I’m going to brighten your day with some fresh Vlad Jr. content! The largest of Large Adult Sons had a big game yesterday, going three-for-four with his first bomb at the Triple-A level.
Vlad Jr's first Triple-A 💣
Vlad's OPS this year is 1.130. The last time a qualifying @MiLB hitter finished with a higher OPS: Larry Sutton in 2004.
He was 34.
Vlad is 19. pic.twitter.com/BNahp46jqH
— MLB Pipeline (@MLBPipeline) August 9, 2018
Vlad has hit the ground running with the Bisons, though I don’t think there was any remote concern that he wouldn’t. In eight games, baseball’s best prospect has gone 10-for-22 with eight walks and two strikeouts. For the season between Triple-, Double-A, and his rehab stint in the lower levels, Vlad is slashing an obscene .405/.461/.669 line.
Your daily eye-popping Vlad Guerrero Jr. update – He's reached base in 70 of 73 minor league games this year and has at least one hit in 63 of 73 games.
— Ian Hunter (@BlueJayHunter) August 9, 2018
It’s honestly pretty difficult to put into words just how good Vlad’s season has been. For the sake of comparison… 19-year-old Mike Trout .307/.385/.492 at Double-A and saw 40 games with the Angels in September. 19-year-old Miguel Cabrera had a .365/.429/.609 line in Double-A before getting the call mid-way through the season to help the Marlins win the 2003 World Series. 18-year-old (!!!) A-Rod posted a .312/.376/.577 line between three levels before getting a cup of coffee with the Mariners. He then slashed, as a 19-year-old, .360/.411/.654 in in 54 Triple-A games before permanently getting called up. And so on and so on. The fact Vlad Jr. is flirting with a .400 batting average right now is nothing short of insane.
He also has a glove https://t.co/VewMhQeEU9
— Vladimir Guerrero (@VladGuerrero27) August 8, 2018
And, as Vlad Sr. points out, he can field too!
I’m interested to see how the organization validates letting him spend an extra month in the minors at the beginning of next season.