Toronto Blue Jays prospect Vladimir Guerrero Jr. appears to be on his way to joining the Buffalo Bisons of Triple-A, according to Rob Longley of Postmedia.
The 19-year-old is recovering from minor knee surgery, and sourced informed Longley that the next plan is for him to make the next leap and join the Bisons. The son of Hall of Famer Vladimir Guerrero ranks No. 1 on MLB.com's and Baseball America's top prospects list, and the expectation is that the Blue Jays will call him up at some point between now and the 2019 season.
In 53 games with the New Hampshire Fisher Cats of Double-A, Guerrero hit 11 home runs, 55 RBI and batted an impressive .407. He also drew 20 walks against just 21 strikeouts, and he posted an unbelievable 1.124 OPS and .457 OBP.
The Blue Jays signed Guerrero in the 2015 offseason for $3.9 million, landing one of the top international baseball prospects. He quickly moved up the ranks and will now join the Bisons as he inches even closer to what could be an MLB career for the ages.
Guerrero is one of the many Blue Jays prospects whose father was also a star in the majors. Bo Bichette - MLB's seventh-ranked prospect - is the son of Dante, a four-time All-Star and 1995 NL Home Run Leader.
The Blue Jays also own prospect Cavan Biggio - whose father Craig was a seven-time All-Star and now a member of the Baseball Hall of Fame. And finally, the Blue Jays also have Kacy Clemens - son of seven-time Cy Young Winner Roger - in their pool of prospects as well.
Though Guerrero Jr. seems to be MLB-ready, the Blue Jays front office has maintained that they won't rush him. Given the team's struggles in 2018, it doesn't make sense to burn a year off his contract, and they're probably better off waiting until next season. But for now, Guerrero's next stop is Triple.
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