Blue Jays’ Vladimir Guerrero Jr. named Baseball America’s top prospect

Buffalo Bisons' Vladimir Guerrero Jr. chases a foul ball hit by a Lehigh Valley IronPigs batter. (Jeffrey T. Barnes/AP)

Toronto Blue Jays third baseman Vladimir Guerrero Jr. has been named baseball’s No. 1 prospect by Baseball America.

The Blue Jays have six other players on the list, including middle infielder Bo Bichette in eighth place. Catcher Danny Jansen ranks 42nd and right-hander Nate Pearson is 70th.

Eighteen-year-old right-hander Eric Pardinho appears as No. 84 while 2018 first-round pick infielder Jordan Groshans is No. 89. The last Blue Jays prospect to appear on the list is infielder Kevin Smith at 91st.

Guerrero Jr., 19, has spent three years in the minor-league system, slashing .331/.414/.529 with 41 home runs and 200 RBIs in 276 games.

He earned a promotion to Triple-A Buffalo last July, where he recorded a .336/.414/.564 line with six home runs and 16 RBIs, as well as 15 walks and only 10 strikeouts.

Both Guerrero Jr. and Bichette are expected to open the 2019 season in Triple-A Buffalo, but the No. 1 prospect is expected to join the major-league team early in the year.

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