Third baseman Vladimir Guerrero Jr., baseball’s top-ranked prospect, is among 15 non-roster players invited by the Toronto Blue Jays to their major league spring training camp.
The Blue Jays tweeted the list Saturday morning.
Our internal non-roster #SpringTraining invitees have been announced.
🔹P: Guerra, Jackson, Leiter Jr., Morimando, Ortiz, Shafer, Zeuch
🔹C: Cantwell, Pentecost
🔹INF: Bichette, Biggio, Espinal, Guerrero Jr., Sogard
🔹OF: Wall pic.twitter.com/wy6ohQo3kN
— Toronto Blue Jays (@BlueJays) January 26, 2019
Guerrero, who turns 20 in March, spent time last season at Double-A New Hampshire and Triple-A Buffalo. He is the son of Hall of Famer Vladimir Guerrero.
In 61 games in New Hampshire, the younger Guerrero batted .402 with 14 home runs and 60 RBIs. After his promotion to Buffalo, he hit .336 with six home runs and 16 RBIs in 30 games.
It is expected the Blue Jays will call him up to the majors at some point in 2019.
“Yes, he had a standout year offensively, but what we’re most excited about with Vlad is the progress he made on the defensive side of things,” Blue Jays director of player development Gil Kim told MiLB.com last month. “First-step quickness and technical footwork were main areas of focus for him this year and he really improved on both of them.”
Guerrero isn’t the only son of a former major leaguer to be a non-roster invitee by the Blue Jays.
Also invited were shortstop Bo Bichette, the No. 8 prospect nationally as ranked by Baseball America; Cavan Biggio, a second baseman; and pitcher Mark Leiter Jr.
They are the sons of Dante Bichette, Hall of Famer Craig Biggio and Mark Leiter.
–Field Level Media