Saturday, December 1, 2018

Fantasy Focus: Impact Rookies- Vladimir Guerrero Jr.

Vladimir Guerrero Jr., Blue Jays, 3B.  DOB:  3/16/1999.  B-R, T-R.  6'1", 200 lbs.

2018 AA:  .402/.449/.671, 19 2B, 14 HR, 3 SB, 7.9 BB%, 10.2 K%, 266 PA.
2018 AAA:  .336/.414, .564, 7 2B, 6 HR, 11.7 BB%, 7.8 K%, 128 PA.
2018 AFL:  .351/.409/.442, 7 2B, 8 BB, 6 K's, 77 AB.

Vladimir Guerrero Jr. is apparently a chip off the old block because if you look up the old man's numbers, put them side-by-side with the kid's without any ID, you could not tell the difference.  Maybe Jr. walks a bit more, but yeah, everything else is the same.  Vlad Jr. has absolutely destroyed the pitching at every level he's played.  We can argue over whether the hit and power tools are 70 or 80 on the scouting scale, but the bat is special.  No question!.

The only problem is finding him a position to play.  Junior is not built like his dad.  The young Vlad Sr. had amazing rawboned strength.  Junior is shorter and pudgier with a huge lower half.  I don't know if he weighs 240 lbs like one recent scouting report said but he's definitely heavier than 200. Think a young Miggy Cabrera for a body comp.  The BJ's are trying to make him a 3B.  He's probably ultimately a 1B or even DH, but the bat may make all that academic.  I did read one scouting report that had him down the 1B line in 4.28 secs, which is really fast.  If he's really that fast, which I doubt, he should be able to play a corner OF.

The bat is probably ready now.  The BJ's will probably say he needs work on his D and keep him down until about May 1, but he's almost certainly coming up in 2019 and will be immediately rosterable in all fantasy baseball formats.

1 comment:

  1. What a beast this guy is. I don’t remember a prospect that put up these kind of numbers across every level at such a young age, combined with his pedigree and hype. It almost feels like his floor is an all-star and ceiling a hall of famer. Maybe a bit much, lol, but that’s how good this guy seems.