Watch: Vlad Guerrero Jr. blasts home run off a hotel


He’s still only 19 years old, but Toronto Blue Jays uber-prospect Vladimir Guerrero Jr. looks to be following in his father’s footsteps as a professional baseball player.

His father, of course, is Vladimir Guerrero Sr., a Hall of Famer who smashed 449 home runs and hit .318 over a 16-year career in the major leagues.

The younger Guerrero, for his part, has given every indication that he has the talent to match his dad’s gaudy numbers.

Though he’s been a top prospect for some time, Guerrero made headlines during spring training earlier this year, when he hit a walk-off home run for the Blue Jays in Montreal (his dad’s old stomping grounds), while donning his father’s No. 27.

Fast-forward to May and Guerrero, who now plays for the Double-A New Hampshire Fisher Cats, has continued to amaze. In a Monday night home game against the Portland Sea Dogs, he crushed two home runs, leading his team to a 10-2 victory.

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Guerrero’s first home run, a three-run shot, came in his first at-bat of the game, per Baseball America’s Ben Badler.

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But it was his second dinger that was really something else. This one hit off a hotel behind the stadium, a massive two-run blast that garnered wild cheers from the fans at Northeast Delta Dental Stadium.

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And to top it all off, Guerrero’s two-home run performance came just hours after he hit a baseball off a tee and out of the entire stadium.

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Guerrero has a world of talent, to be sure, and he’s been showing off his abilities this entire season.

He’s currently hitting .398, which leads the Eastern League, with five home runs and a ridiculous 35 RBIs in just 25 games.

It’s not like all that power means he strikes out a lot, either. In fact, Guerrero has just 15 strikeouts this season, compared to 15 extra-base hits, which mean he’s more likely to hit a double, triple or home run than he is to strike out.

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Unfortunately for baseball fans, Guerrero might not be promoted to the majors until the second half of the season, according to CBS Sports. By waiting to call him up, the Blue Jays will delay his eventual free agency, thus keeping him under team control for longer.

Fans will have to wait until they see if Guerrero can find the same success in the majors that his father did.

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Joe Setyon was a deputy managing editor for The Western Journal who had spent his entire professional career in editing and reporting. He previously worked in Washington, D.C., as an assistant editor/reporter for Reason magazine.
Joe Setyon was deputy managing editor for The Western Journal with several years of copy editing and reporting experience. He graduated with a degree in communication studies from Grove City College, where he served as managing editor of the student-run newspaper. Joe previously worked as an assistant editor/reporter for Reason magazine, a libertarian publication in Washington, D.C., where he covered politics and wrote about government waste and abuse.
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