We realized this instant would occur. We just did not know it would transpire this shortly. Vladimir Guerrero Jr. will make very first base his key situation relocating ahead, for each Ben Nicholson-Smith of Sportsnet (through Twitter).
After one particular comprehensive time at third foundation, the 21-yr-old electric power phenom will target his attentions on turning into a primary very first baseman and selected hitter. Vlad committed 17 faults in 94 begins at the warm corner in 2019. The superior metrics did not treatment significantly for his effort either (-9 DRS, -9.4 UZR). Statcast’s Outs Above Typical pegged Vlad previous in the league (tied with the Twins’ Jorge Polanco) with -16 OAA.
Offensively, there’s minimal doubt that Vlad Jr. has just one of the most prodigious electric power strokes in the recreation, even at such a younger age, and this go will allow him to concentrate on what he does very best. Vlad Jr. stroked 27 residence runs more than 514 plate appearances though slashing .272/.339/.433 as a 20-yr-outdated. The transfer throughout the diamond was an eventuality, and in some strategies, it can make perception to make the shift as before long as feasible rather than commit enhancement time at a posture without the need of a very long-phrase potential. It is undoubtedly achievable Guerrero Jr. finishes up as a main designated hitter, but he’ll try out his hand at first in 2020.
With Vlad Jr. shifting in excess of to first, Travis Shaw expects to get most of the taking part in time at third, for each Nicholson-Smith. Lourdes Gurriel Jr. has not played any 3rd, but the infielder/outfielder could presumably select it up, when second baseman Cavan Biggio performed a minor bit at the very hot corner in Triple-A. Breyvic Valera is also able of handling 3rd.
Shaw, signed as a cost-free agent, is coming off a bizarrely disappointing displaying in 2019 as he strike just .157/.281/.270 across 270 plate appearances with the Brewers. That permitted the Blue Jays to snag him on the low-cost, as they’ll hope he rebounds to some thing nearer to his job line of .243/.327/.451.
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