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2018 Winter Meetings Takeaways: MLB execs sky high on Guerrero Jr.

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LAS VEGAS – Quite understandably, members of the Toronto Blue Jays’ front office are measured whenever they talk about Vladimir Guerrero Jr.

Why make life harder for a teenager by raising expectations higher than they already are? There’s little to gain and lots to lose.

But around baseball others are more than happy to fuel the hype. Within the hallways of the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino at the Winter Meetings this week, plenty of baseball people talked excitedly about the game’s top prospect.

“Vlad Jr.,” said one high-ranking executive, “is a prospect of epic (freaking) proportions.”

“He hit .381 in the Eastern and International Leagues,” the exec continued, recalling Guerrero’s batting average to the exact percentage point. “Cold weather leagues. At 19 years-old.”

“What he did is incredible,” a longtime coach added. “As many walks than strikeouts? Nobody does that.”

Asked to predict how Guerrero will fare against big-league pitching when he arrives in Toronto next spring, a third evaluator suggested he’ll hit right away and keep hitting. The names Ronald Acuna Jr. and Juan Soto come up as potential comparables.

There’s even praise for Guerrero Jr.’s defence. With good hands, quick feet and a strong arm, he possesses many of the traits needed at third base. He won’t be as rangy as many infielders, but has otherwise developed into a respectable defender.

So yeah, the Blue Jays don’t need to talk loudly about their top prospect’s potential. Like it........

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