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Guerrero Jr.’s arrival feels like Christmas Day for Jays fans

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TSN Baseball Insider


Finally, he is here. It is like Christmas Day!

We’ve waited with great anticipation for the gift of Vladimir Guerrero Jr. to reach the major leagues. We’ve dreamed of this day and the years to follow. We’ve imagined the joy and celebration that we are sure to experience.

He is surely the most-hyped young player to ever get promoted to the Toronto Blue Jays and arguably the most-hyped prospect ever. The closest comparison was when Bryce Harper made his debut with the Washington Nationals in 2012.

I’m sure there was internal debate in the front office about when to call him up. Should they promote him to start his career on the road to minimize the pressure or at home and make a big splash? Is his oblique completely healed? Is he locked in offensively? Is his defence ready for the big leagues?

Ultimately, they decided now is the time. He grew up in major-league stadiums and clubhouses, so he’s different than most prospects. He understands the mental part of the game in a way that other prospects don’t. Nothing will be overwhelming to him. He will be excited and probably anxious, but he won’t be afraid. He is ready.

This young man can hit for average and power. You’ll be impressed by his wisdom about hitting, which is well beyond his years. He is calm and relaxed in the batter’s box. There is no tension in his approach.

Guerrero reminds me of a young Manny Ramirez. I saw Ramirez play as a junior and senior in high school, and then as a young professional. Ramirez had great plate discipline. He had the ability to recognize a ball from a strike and a curve ball from a fastball. He could drive the ball from line to line. He took his walks and limited his strikeouts. Those are many of the same traits that I see in Guerrero.

With Vladimir Guerrero Jr. finally called up by the Toronto Blue Jays, take a look back at this profile on the highly-touted prospect from TSN Senior Correspondent Rick Westhead, who traveled to the Dominican Republic in 2016 to find out more about the phenom.

I also see a bit of former slugger Gary Sheffield in the Jays’ young........