Vladimir Guerrero Jr. was called up to the Blue Jays April 26th, so he really hasn’t had half an MLB season yet.
Vlad is hitting .252/.329/.422 with 8 home runs, 23 walks and 42 strikeouts. Pretty good rookie numbers, but then we expected him to come up hitting homers every other plate appearance.
I think he went through a stretch where he was a little anxious at the plate. He wanted to show what he could do, and he got a little impatient and started chasing off the plate. He seems to have come out the other side lately. Over his last 12 games he had 9 walk and 8 strikeouts.
He’s been hitting RHP (.259/.335/.441) a little better little better than LHP (.238/.314/.381) but I’d imagine that will turn around in time.
Defensively, he’s made a few errors, 7. 6 of them fielding errors and 1 throwing error. His arm has looked terrific and he’s made some very good plays. I think we are going to have to live with the odd error. UZR has him at a -11.7/150.
Baseball Reference has him at a 0.8 WAR.
He hits the ball hard when he makes contact. I’m kind of worried someone in the stands is going to be seriously hurt at some point. Maybe we could put up more netting before it happens. Of course, he threw a bat into the stands yesterday.
Vlad’s been fun to watch. He and the other young guys seem to be great friends. I like that. They seem to be invested in each other’s success. It is good to see. I like that he’s always smiling, looking happy, more stuff I like.
I’ve always said that what like like best about baseball is watching young players develop. I like watching the energy they bring to a team. The last couple of weeks has been so much more fun than the first couple of months of the season. I’m looking forward to watching this group of young players grow together as a group.
He’s going to have the occasional day off, which is going to bug us. I think he’ll always be a guy who has the occasional day off. I don’t know if the have a formula for when he gets these days.
For the first half I would grade Vladimir Guerrero an
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