Vladimir Guererro Jr. had arrived on scene in Toronto and Blue Jays’ fans were beyond excited. However, after a start rough to his career, many wondered if it was actually right to call up the young prospect to the majors.
Despite impressing in his debut with some solid contact, a nice defensive play and a leadoff double, the kid struggled early going. However, last night Vlad Jr. proved what he could do in the MLB.
En route to the 7-3 victory, the 20-year-old prospect had himself a game, cracking the first and second home runs of his career. The crowd in San Francisco were the first major league team to see the power from Guerrero Jr.
The Blue Jays got out to an early lead, scoring three in the top of the first inning. Guererro Jr. got the Blue Jays on the board thanks to a solo shot on a 3-2 count to dead center field. With his trot around the bases, he became the youngest player to homer in Blue Jays history.
Adding to the feat, Guerrero Jr. was able to do it on location in San Francisco. This is important because, at Oracle Park, his father won the Home Run Derby at the 2007 All-Star Game’s festivities. That year, he would defeat Toronto’s, Alex Rios.
While Guerrero’s home run was impressive, the second dinger of his career was a moonshot as well. In the sixth inning, he went deep again, picking up a three-run shot to left-center field. The ball flew off the bat with an exit velocity of 113.7 mph, which was the hardest hit home run for the Blue Jays this season.
Giants’ manager Bruce Bochy respects the kind of power Guerrero has. “You saw three of the hardest-hit balls we’ve seen in a while,” Bochy said. “He got some pitches and did some damage. Even the base hit. This kid, he’s going to be a great player. He really is.”
The Blue Jays are 3-7 in their last 10 and sit in second last in the AL East. They will play San Francisco again tonight before heading to Chicago to battle the White Sox.