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Thursday, April 11, 2019

Vladimir Guerrero Jr. reportedly called up to Triple-A

The top prospect in baseball just took another step closer to seeing a major-league field, according to a report from MLB Pipeline.

Vladimir Guerrero Jr. had his spring training cut short this March after an oblique strain forced him to miss more than half the month’s worth of games. He spent the rest of the spring in minor-league camp rehabbing the injury, and made a short four-game appearance with the high-A Dunedin Blue Jays once the season started.

Guerrero went 4-for-15 in his quick time with Dunedin, and apparently looked healthy enough to now head north and join the Triple-A Buffalo Bisons, according to Jesse Sanchez.

I’m trying to remember- how much longer do they keep him in Buffalo before the service time game pays off?

 

QLE Posted: April 11, 2019 at 06:02 AM | 19 comment(s)
  Beats: buffalo, triple a, vladimir guerrero jr.

Sunday, March 10, 2019

Vlad Jr. strains left oblique, out 3 weeks | Toronto Blue Jays

OK, he’s out for three weeks then they have him rehab in AAA. Does this help them finagle his service time?

Vladimir Guerrero Jr. is expected to miss the next three weeks, after he was diagnosed with a Grade 1 strain of his left oblique muscle.
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The 20-year-old third baseman technically was competing for a spot on the 25-man roster but all along the expectation was that Guerrero would start the year at Triple-A Buffalo. If the Blue Jays delayed his arrival in Toronto by a few weeks, the club would have gained an extra year of control, and this latest injury all but officially guarantees that will be the course of action.

Jim Furtado Posted: March 10, 2019 at 10:00 PM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: blue jays, injuries, prospects, vladimir guerrero jr.

Saturday, March 09, 2019

Stay down or come up: Vlad Jr. not sweating service-time drama

DUNEDIN, Fla. — The second hop is the unpredictable one, the devilish one that demands whole commitment before plotting its escape.

Vladimir Guerrero Jr. on Friday morning shook his glove at the beast. He jabbed at it, sassed it, made amends, caressed it, cradled it, glared at it and then into the sky.

Nearing noon, his shadow beginning to pool beneath him, he stood at third base and introduced himself again and again to the second hop, the darting, top-spinning, infield lip-seeking evil that, for all we know, brought the protective cup to the masses.

The fungoes drew him to his backhand side, to the bag, and he hung back or he charged, and the second hops stayed down or came up depending on their mood, and young Vladdy asked his eyes and feet and glove (and cup) to be sure.

A consideration of a player waiting for his time to come.

 

QLE Posted: March 09, 2019 at 03:42 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: blue jays, service time, vladimir guerrero jr.

Friday, March 01, 2019

MLBPA keeping an eye on Blue Jays possibly manipulating Vladimir Guerrero, Jr.’s service time

On Tuesday, Blue Jays GM said on MLB Network Radio about super-prospect and third baseman Vladimir Guerrero, Jr., “I just don’t see him as a major league player.” It was seen as a precursor for Guerrero — son of the Hall of Famer who played for the Expos — to begin the season in the minors for the first two weeks or so of the regular season, a common theme with baseball’s top prospects. MLB Pipeline deems Guerrero the No. 1 prospect in baseball ahead of Fernando Tatis, Jr. and Eloy Jiménez.

The way service time works, teams are incentivized to hold their best players in the minor leagues for the first 10 games or so. In doing so, the player is unable to accrue a full year of service time, which means the team gets to control that player for an extra year, delaying his eligbility for free agency. Typically, a player’s first three years in the majors are known as “pre-arbitration years,” which results in being paid the league minimum or slightly above. Then a player has three years of arbitration eligibility which typically sees the player make a significant jump in salary. After six years, a player finally becomes eligible for free agency.

Technically speaking, teams are not allowed to fudge with their players’ service time, as they would be acting in bad faith. However, intent is notoriously difficult to prove, so teams skirt around the issue by making up nebulous reasoning to keep a star prospect in the minors. Usually, the representative says the player needs to work on his defense. That’s what the Cubs said about Kris Bryant in 2015 when they had him start the year at Triple-A despite torching minor league pitching in 2014 and follow up with an even more bonkers spring training showing. Bryant said he saw three ground balls in games before he was called up to the majors after the cut-off that granted the Cubs another year of control over him.

True, but tempting to view in the manner of Boss Tweed via Thomas Nast:

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QLE Posted: March 01, 2019 at 06:15 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: blue jays, mlbpa, service time, vladimir guerrero jr.

Wednesday, February 27, 2019

Vladimir Guerrero Jr. not a major leaguer, still needs to develop, says Jays’ GM

Blue Jays general manager Ross Atkins is trying hard to sell fans on the idea that Vladimir Guerrero isn’t one of the club’s 25 best players right now.

Atkins on Tuesday cited Guerrero’s age - and attempted a string of other explanations - to tamp down expectations that Guerrero will come north with the big club next month.

“Our vision is it really comes down to development, so I just don’t see him as a major league player, right? You just pencil him in, it’s done,” Atkins told MLB Network Radio. “He’s 19.”

Let’s see if they still believe that come May.

 

QLE Posted: February 27, 2019 at 07:24 AM | 30 comment(s)
  Beats: blue jays, ross atkins, vladimir guerrero jr.

Tuesday, February 26, 2019

Kris Bryant: MLB’s service time manipulation is ‘awful’

Despite all signs pointing towards the contrary, two of baseball’s top prospects — Vladimir Guerrero Jr. (Blue Jays) and Eloy Jiménez (White Sox) — are not expected to make their team’s Opening Day rosters. The reasoning behind the move? Service time manipulation.

Players receive MLB service time for every day they spend on a team’s active roster and/or injured list. One year of service time equates to 172 days spent on an active roster/injured list; for reference, MLB’s regular season is 187 days long. After six years of MLB service time, a player is eligible for free agency.

Essentially, the Blue Jays and White Sox will gain another year of control over Guerrero Jr. and Jimenez by keeping them in the minor leagues to start the 2019 season. Kris Bryant, of course, is no stranger to this.

A few words on service-time games, from one who has experienced them directly.

 

QLE Posted: February 26, 2019 at 05:41 AM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: corruption, eloy jimenez, kris bryant, service time, vladimir guerrero jr.

Thursday, February 14, 2019

Blue Jays have no timetable for Vladimir Guerrero Jr. debut

Atkins said the team will see how spring training progresses when asked about Guerrero’s debut.

“There’s no firm timeline on when he arrives and when he plays in Toronto for the first time but we want to make sure he’s the best possible third baseman and the best possible hitter he can be,” Atkins told reporters, according to the Toronto Sun and Baseball Toronto.

“This is going to be a fun and exciting time for him and a fun and exciting time for the organization.”

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: February 14, 2019 at 02:02 PM | 25 comment(s)
  Beats: vladimir guerrero jr.

Sunday, January 27, 2019

No. 1 Prospect Vlad Guerrero Jr. Receives Blue Jays Spring Training Invitation

Third baseman Vladimir Guerrero Jr. was among the Toronto Blue Jays’ non-roster invitees to 2019 spring training, the team announced Saturday.

Guerrero was not only Toronto’s top-ranked prospect a season ago, but he was also the No. 1 prospect in all of baseball, according to MLB Pipeline.

The 19-year-old did nothing but validate his ranking by raking at the plate last season, hitting an incredible .381/.437/.636 while mashing 20 home runs and 29 doubles to go with 78 RBI in 95 games. And he did all that while working his way through the Blue Jays system, climbing the ladder from rookie ball to Triple-A.

Something to watch for, before he spends April learning how to bunt in Buffalo.

 

QLE Posted: January 27, 2019 at 08:25 AM | 7 comment(s)
  Beats: blue jays, spring training, vladimir guerrero jr.

Thursday, November 01, 2018

Vladimir Guerrero Jr. And Other Top Prospects On Display At Fall Stars Game

The Arizona Fall League has been a breeding ground for some of baseball’s most prized prospects since its inaugural 1992 season, a showcase that plays out for approximately six weeks in half a dozen Phoenix-area stadiums each year. Every August it’s decided who will play in the AFL, with six minor leaguers from each organization making the initial cut.

Historically, over half of the youngsters that participate in the AFL end up on a Major League roster at some point, with many developing into impact players. Even Hall of Famers like Mike Piazza, and those that are soon to be enshrined such as Marlins owner Derek Jeter, suited up amidst the cacti early in their storied careers.

For the past 12 years the cream of that crop have participated in the Fall Stars Game, a veritable who’s who among the sport’s promising up-and-comers. You don’t have to go back very far to find notable names on a Fall Stars roster either, as NL Rookie of the Year favorite Ronald Acuna Jr., his sinkerball-slinging teammate Touki Toussaint, Padres catcher Francisco Mejia and Yankees left-hander Justus Sheffield all appeared in last year’s contest.

I know we have some fans of the Arizona Fall League among us- I hope that this is of interest to you.

QLE Posted: November 01, 2018 at 06:27 AM | 13 comment(s)
  Beats: arizona fall league, fall stars game, vladimir guerrero jr.

 

 

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