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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) Login to Bookmark
  Tags: buffalo, triple a, vladimir guerrero jr.

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   1. Mirabelli Dictu (Chris McClinch) Posted: April 11, 2019 at 09:28 AM (#5830756)
He must have made progress on the [service time] issues keeping him in the minors.
   2. Walt Davis Posted: April 11, 2019 at 09:36 AM (#5830758)
Unless they've changed the rules, he's already past the main hurdle (it's just 10 service days). Possibly at this point, given his rustiness and the Jays' terrible start, they'll decide to really screw him and hold him back until the supwr-2 deadline passes (usually early June). I suspect they'll try to Eloy him -- sign a long-term deal or we will hold you back until super-2 passes.
   3. RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: April 11, 2019 at 09:49 AM (#5830766)
Good to see he has improved his defense.
   4. Lance Reddick! Lance him! Posted: April 11, 2019 at 09:59 AM (#5830773)
Unless they've changed the rules, he's already past the main hurdle (it's just 10 service days).

The Thursday start lengthens the season to 186 days. Tomorrow's the magic line, leaving 24 weeks and three days.
   5. Barry`s_Lazy_Boy Posted: April 11, 2019 at 10:39 AM (#5830787)
Promoted after hitting 267/353/333 in A+? Seems premature.
   6. Rusty Priske Posted: April 11, 2019 at 10:40 AM (#5830788)
While they WERE holding him back, apparently he really was hurt in Spring Training. He hasn't played in a live game since then. Giving him a few in AAA makes sense at this point.
   7. JRVJ Posted: April 11, 2019 at 10:47 AM (#5830789)
Count me amongst those who think that Vlad Jr. needs to see some live pitching before going up to the bigs.

Even as good a hitter as he looks to be has to get his timing back.
   8. Ziggy is done with Dominican discotheques Posted: April 11, 2019 at 12:03 PM (#5830809)
Assuming that there are no linger effects, the Jays lucked out with Vladito's injury. Keeping him in the minors for a little while is now legit. Of course they would have done it anyway, but now there's no chance at all of a legitimate grievance. Four games in the minors after recovering from an injury that caused him to miss a big chunk of spring training doesn't cut it. Even if he were a vet, a little while in the minors on a rehab assignment is normal.
   9. SoSH U at work Posted: April 11, 2019 at 12:07 PM (#5830811)

Assuming that there are no linger effects, the Jays lucked out with Vladito's injury. Keeping him in the minors for a little while is now legit. Of course they would have done it anyway, but now there's no chance at all of a legitimate grievance. Four games in the minors after recovering from an injury that caused him to miss a big chunk of spring training doesn't cut it. Even if he were a vet, a little while in the minors on a rehab assignment is normal.



Yeah, this isn't an example of gamed service time. It would have been, but it's not now.

   10. JRVJ Posted: April 11, 2019 at 12:32 PM (#5830822)
8, in Spanish you'd probably call him VladSito, more than Vladito.
   11. spycake Posted: April 11, 2019 at 01:06 PM (#5830841)
Any chance he's promoted to MLB for the Jays-Twins series next week? I was hoping to see him in Minneapolis...
   12. Greg Pope Posted: April 11, 2019 at 01:28 PM (#5830847)
The Thursday start lengthens the season to 186 days. Tomorrow's the magic line, leaving 24 weeks and three days.

Did they really lengthen the season without changing the service time rules? Seems like an oversight.
   13. Dog on the sidewalk has an ugly bracelet Posted: April 11, 2019 at 01:44 PM (#5830859)
Yeah, this isn't an example of gamed service time. It would have been, but it's not now.
 
Kind of. No one can blame them for keeping him in the minors for a bit longer now, but if they weren't playing games with him to begin with, he'd have been in Toronto sometime last year.
   14. Bring Me the Head of Alfredo Griffin (Vlad) Posted: April 11, 2019 at 03:07 PM (#5830911)
I read that he gained a bunch of weight over the offseason. They could maybe argue that he needs to stay down and work on his conditioning.
   15. Walt Davis Posted: April 11, 2019 at 05:32 PM (#5831004)
#4 Thanks.

Even if he were a vet, a little while in the minors on a rehab assignment is normal.

Not that it's relevant here but these rehab assignment are usually very short, on the order of the 3-4 games he played in Dunedin. For example, in 2017, Heyward had 3 games, 8 PA in South Bend. Last year, his first time coming back off the IL, Bryant had 2 games in Tenn (6 PA) and the second time he had 4 games (13 PA) in Iowa. They're probably as much about finding out if all the parts work again and will work on consecutive days as "getting timing back."

EDIT: And it should be Vladovich

   16. zachtoma Posted: April 11, 2019 at 05:44 PM (#5831008)
Good to see he has improved his defense.


Sounds like he was hurt. I understand the appeal of casting about accusations of bad faith at others, but doesn't really seem to apply to Vlad's situation at this point!
   17. The Anthony Kennedy of BBTF (Scott) Posted: April 11, 2019 at 10:44 PM (#5831076)
Yeah, he was going to get screwed by the Jays if he'd been healthy, but since he got actually hurt he'll just end up doing a rehab stint.

Also, he crushed a 3 run dinger tonight in his first game back from the IL.
   18. Random Transaction Generator Posted: April 12, 2019 at 07:31 AM (#5831102)
Brandon Drury has been dreadful with the bat (as have most Blue Jays) this season, so it's not like anything is blocking his path at 3rd base right now.

Bo Bichette (the Jays other super prospect) is struggling a bit at AAA. He always has a transition period at each level, and then dominates it. The guy in front of him in MLB is Freddy Galvis. He's absolutely murdering the ball to start the season (.395/.435/.744) and is almost single-handedly carrying the offense (and playing great defense).
   19. Hysterical & Useless Posted: April 12, 2019 at 01:48 PM (#5831214)
in 2017, Heyward had 3 games, 8 PA in South Bend.


See, they shoulda kept him down longer. That would've fixed him.

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