Blue Jays’ Vladimir Guerrero Jr. ranked MLB Pipeline’s top prospect


Toronto Blue Jays prospect Vladimir Guerrero Jr. could break out in a big way in 2019. (Paul Chiasson/CP)

Toronto Blue Jays super prospect Vladimir Guerrero Jr. hasn’t played in a game since June 6 due to injury, but he’s still generating headlines across the baseball world.

Guerrero Jr. has officially moved to the top of MLB Pipeline’s prospect rankings after Atlanta Braves phenom Ronald Acuna Jr.’s graduation from the list.

The 19-year-old Guerrero Jr. lit double-A on fire through his first 53 games at the level, posting a ridiculous batting line of .407/.457/.667. He has 11 home runs on the season and has walked 20 times compared to 21 strikeouts.

Many Blue Jays fans were clamouring for the prized third baseman to be promoted prior to his left knee issue — chatter that will likely carry through the rest of Toronto’s season as the team sits well out of the playoff race.

The injury, which has sidelined Guerrero Jr. for the past month, is not considered serious but the Blue Jays are wisely being cautious with the slugger.

Bo Bichette, Guerrero Jr.’s New Hampshire Fisher Cats teammate, also cracked the Top 10, coming in at No. 7. Bichette has heated up at double-A over the past month after a slow start to the season and is currently slashing .278/.340/.451.

Other Blue Jays among the Top 100 were outfielder Anthony Alford (38) and right-handed pitcher Nate Pearson (82).

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