Toronto Blue Jays' Vladimir Guerrero Jr. to make Major League Baseball debut Friday

Ross Houston
April 27, 2019

The Toronto Blue Jays have finally bit the bullet and called up the game's top overall prospect, infielder Vladimir Guerrero Jr.

Pomeranz and two relievers combined on a two-hitter, Pablo Sandoval homered for the second straight game, and the Giants beat the Toronto Blue Jays 4-0 Wednesday, sweeping their two-game interleague series.

The dome has not exactly been a prolific home for the Blue Jays so far this season.

Wednesday marked the first time Guerrero had played three games in as many days for Buffalo since suffering an oblique injury in spring training last month.

Vladimir Guerrero shared a moving post on Twitter Wednesday about his son's impending Major League Baseball debut.

Manager Charlie Montoyo made the news official in his post game press conference following the Blue Jays game on Wednesday afternoon.

In eight games with the Buffalo Bison this season, Guerrero Jr. racked up three home runs and eight RBIs while slashing.367 from the plate.

And just like that an early season series between two middling American League teams has turned into a must-see event for Blue Jays supporters clamouring for this moment.

The first sign of hope for the future arrives on Friday night in Vladimir Guerrero Jr., the No. 1 prospect in all of baseball and the son of Hall of Famer Vladimir Guerrero, the legendary former Montreal Expo. However, Montoyo says he hasn't decided where he will put Guerrero in the batting order.

He is the No. 1 prospect in baseball according to rankings from Baseball America, MLB Pipeline and Baseball Prospectus.

San Francisco Giants first baseman Brandon Belt (9) hits an RBI ground rule double against Toronto Blue Jays in the fourth inning at Rogers Centre. "It's Bobby Meacham's (role) and Gil Kim's (Toronto's Director of Player Development) to give him the good news, just like I used to do when I was (managing) in triple-A".

"Just relax and play, just like I told him in spring training", Montoyo said. In his minor-league career over several levels, he has hit.331 with 44 homers, 209 RBIs, a.413 on-base percentage and.531 slugging in 1,075 at-bats. "Hopefully he becomes what everybody thinks he can become". "I actually pitched to him a couple of times (in spring training) and he definitely hit a really hard ball off me.I think it's gonna be good". But yeah, I think so.

"I want to see what everyone talks about in person", Montoyo said.

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