The debut of the Vladimir Guerrero this season was one of the most anticipated of all time. His father, Vladimir Sr. is a Hall of Famer and one of the best batters we’ve seen in recent years.
But so far, Vlad Jr. hasn’t lived up to expectations. He took the minor leagues by storm and was expected to make a splash in the majors. But so far, he’s made errors, he’s left many base runners stranded, and he just hasn’t really delivered from the batters’ box overall.
Blue Jays fans may be initially disappointed with their new player but older guys on the team are not worried. The transition to the majors is a big change. The pitching is faster and more consistent. Everything from fielding ground balls to players running the bases happens at a higher velocity. So it shouldn’t be surprising that first-year players have difficulties. But Vlad is thought of differently because of his father. Everyone expects him to follow in the footsteps of the famous Vladimir Guerrero, who ended his career with 449 homeruns and a career batting average of .318.
But the interesting thing is that Vlad Sr. also had a rocky start to his MLB career. He didn’t hit very well in his first season. He had only 27 at-bats and finished with a batting average of .185. But the next season, Vlad increased his games played, from nine to 90, and finished the season with an average of .350.
So the moral of the story is that we have nothing to worry about with Vlad Jr. He has similar numbers to his father in the beginning of his career. And we all know how that turned out. Vlad Jr. has to get used to the speed of things at the highest level, but once he does, he has the potential to be a great hitter.
Engaging Sentence: Vlad Jr. has had a rough start to the year. Was he called up to the majors too early?