Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you’ve heard the name Vladimir Guerrero Jr. He’s arguably the hottest prospect in baseball and he just happens to have Hall of Fame bloodlines. His father, Vlad Sr., played in parts of 16 seasons in Major League Baseball after debuting in 1996 for the Montreal Expos. He would finish his MLB career with the Baltimore Orioles after also playing six seasons with the Angels and one with the Texas Rangers. This past January, Senior was voted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame after appearing on 92.9% of the ballots cast by the Baseball Writers’ Association of America electorate in his second year of eligibility after appearing on 71.1% last year.
The last time there was a second-generation star rising through the baseball ranks with this much fanfare was the late 1980s when a young man by the name of Ken Griffey Jr. showed us what he could do with just two seasons in the minors.
Vlad Jr. was signed as an international free agent by the Toronto Blue Jays in 2015 and has done nothing but produce in the Blue Jays minor league system. In 2016, at the young age of 17, Junior started his MiLB career with Bluefield Blue Jays and impressed from the start, finishing the seson with 64 hits in 62 games and a .271 batting average. His 2017 season, between Low A Lansing and High A Dunedin, Guerrero combined for 140 hits, 13 home runs, 76 runs batted in, and 76 walks in just 119 games. Oh, he also turned in a combined .320 batting average between both levels.
This season, believe it or not, Vlad Jr. is performing even better in AA than he did in 2017 at Low and High A. With just 27 games under his belt in 2018, he’s batting .387 with 41 hits, 5 home runs, and 35 RBIs!
If history has taught us anything, it’s that you can only delay call-ups so long when players are performing at high levels. Ironically, Junior may follow in his father’s footsteps and bypass AAA entirely and jump straight to the “big show.” There is little doubt in anyone’s mind that he’ll be in Toronto before season’s end and once he makes his debut, look out! His card and autograph prices are sure to go through the roof!
As with many baseball prospects, he already has a few card options and some of them can be chased inexpensively! Take a look at a few of the options below for a chance to pull Vladimir Guerrero cards, including autographs, before prices go sky high!
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