Vladimir Guerrero Ramos Jr. is a professional baseball player of Canadian-Dominican origin who is a first baseman and designated hitter. He is currently a player for the Toronto Blue Jays of Major League Baseball. Hall of Famer Vladimir Guerrero Sr.is his father. Vlad Jr. made his MLB debut in April 2019. A right-handed batter and thrower, he is widely regarded as one of the best active hitters. He is also popularly called Vladdy or Vladito.
BORN MARCH 16, 1999
BATS- RIGHT ; THROWS-RIGHT
TORONTO BLUE JAYS
VLADIMIR GUERRERO JR. EARLY LIFE AND BACKGROUND
Vladimir Guerrero Ramos Jr. is the son of Vladimir Guerrero who is a baseball hall of fame inductee and a nephew of former MLB player Wilton Guerrero. He was born in Montreal and is a Canadian citizen. His mother, Riquelma Ramos, lived in Montreal and later moved with him to the Dominican Republic, where Vladimir Jr. spent most of his early childhood. During summers he would stay with Vlad Sr. Guerrero was one of the top prospects due to his hitting ability, which scouts often graded an 80, the highest possible mark on baseball's scouting scale. Although the scouts were unsure if he could remain at third base at the major league level, he has shown the potential to develop into a passable defender.
WHO DRAFTED VLADIMIR GUERRERO JR. ?
On July 2, 2015, he signed with Toronto, for $3.9 million at age 16. Guerrero made his professional debut with the Rookie Advanced Bluefield Blue Jays on June 23. On 24 June, Guerrero hit his first home run, a two-run shot in a 4–2 loss to the Bristol Pirates. In 2016, he played 62 games for Bluefield Blue Jays. Guerrero was named the third-best prospect at third base heading into the 2017 minor league season. Guerrero opened the 2017 season with the Class-A Lansing Lugnuts.
On July 6, the Blue Jays announced Vlad Jr. would be playing with the Advanced-A Dunedin Blue Jays following the All-Star Futures Game. He finished the 2017 regular season having played 119 games with a .323 batting average, 76 RBI, and 13 home runs. During the offseason, he played for the Leones del Escogido of the Dominican Winter League. Entering the 2018 season, Guerrero was considered the top prospect in the Blue Jays organization Blue Jays team president Mark Shapiro announced that Guerrero would begin the season with the Double-A New Hampshire Fisher Cats. On June 6, Guerrero was removed from a game with a leg injury. On July 28, it was announced that Guerrero would be moved to the Triple-A Buffalo Bisons and later was also added to the Surprise Saguaros roster of the Arizona Fall League. During 2019 spring training, questions arose as to whether the Blue Jays would have Guerrero on the Opening Day roster, or were they going to manipulate his MLB service time by assigning him to the minors.
VLADIMIR GUERRERO JR’s. MLB JOURNEY
The Blue Jays announced on April 24, 2019, that Guerrero would be called up from Triple-A Buffalo. Guerrero was considered the top prospect in all of professional baseball prior to being called up, He went hitless in his first three at-bats against the Oakland Athletics but later hit a double in the bottom of the ninth inning and exited for a pinch runner. Guerrero recorded his first multi-hit game on May 11. On May 14, against the Giants in Oracle Park, he hit his first major league home run in the first inning, and at 20 years and 59 days of age, making him the youngest Blue Jay to hit a home run. Guerrero's four home runs over the next six-game road trip earned him the AL Player of the Week Award, and made him the youngest Blue Jay to win the award On July 8, he broke the single round home run record in the Home Run Derby with a total of 40 home runs after three overtimes in the semifinals against Joc Pederson.
He broke the record for most homers in a derby with 91, although he lost the final round to Pete Alonso. He hit a ball with the highest exit velocity (118.9 mph) of all balls hit by major league players in that season. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the start of the 2020 campaign was delayed into July which led to Guerrero playing in all 60 games of the shortened season. Guerrero began the 2021 MLB season at a substantially lower weight than he did each of the previous two seasons and this made him feel "quicker, stronger and more resilient. On April 27, 2021, Guerrero had his first career three-homer game, including a grand slam against Washington Nationals On June 21, Guerrero rejected an invitation to participate in the 2021 Home Run Derby stating that he wanted to spend his time regrouping and preparing for the second half of the season.
On June 26, he reached a milestone after hitting his 50th career home run in his 258th career game, doing it in the exact same number of games as his father did. On July 1, Vlad Jr. was named the starting first baseman for the American League in the ASG. In the game, he hit the 200th home run in All-Star Game history becoming part one of the three father-son duos to hit home runs in All-Star Games, and was also named the game's Most Valuable Player. He is the first Blue Jays player and the first Canadian citizen to win the award. He is also the youngest All-Star Game MVP at age 22. In 2021, He finished second in AL MVP voting behind Shohei Ohtani. He won the Tip O'Neill Award for the 2021 season. On March 22, 2022, Guerrero signed a $7.9 million contract with the Toronto Blue Jays.
Awards and Honours
Minor League Baseball Player of the Year (USA Today)
Minor League Player of the Year Award (Baseball America)
MLB Player of the Week Award
All-Star Game Most Valuable Player Award
Hank Aaron Award
MLB Player of the Week
The Silver Slugger Award (American League)
Tip O'Neill Award (Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame)