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09:35  16 may  2019
09:35  16 may  2019 Source:   thestar.com

Stroman, Blue Jays preach patience as Vlad Jr. struggles

Stroman, Blue Jays preach patience as Vlad Jr. struggles Vladimir Guerrero Jr.'s first taste of the big leagues hasn't gone as smoothly as many expected. After going 0-for-3 with a pair of strikeouts in Monday's 8-0 loss to the Minnesota Twins, the Toronto Blue Jays' top prospect saw his batting line drop to .152/.243/.182 with no home runs and one RBI through his first nine major-league games. Guerrero's lone extra-base hit was a double in his debut. One person not pushing the panic button after such a short period of time is Blue Jays ace Marcus Stroman. "He's here for a reason," Stroman said, according to Ben Nicholson-Smith of Sportsnet. "You have to have unbelievable confidence in yourself to get the job done.

There was no fretting in the Blue Jays camp this past weekend when it came to Vladimir Guerrero Jr. Baseball’ s top prospect had been in the big Guerrero is also the youngest player in franchise history to hit two homers in a game — logically — and the first Jay in the Statcast era, spanning five years

Blue Jays top prospect Vladimir Guerrero Jr. is putting in the work and preparing for what could be a breakout 2019 season About Major League Baseball. © Robert Reiners Blue Jays rookie Vladimir Guerrero Jr. knocked two balls over the centre-field wall in Tuesday night’ s win over the Giants in

Vlad Guerrero’s Blue Jay homer breakout hints at what lies ahead© Robert Reiners Blue Jays rookie Vladimir Guerrero Jr. knocked two balls over the centre-field wall in Tuesday night’s win over the Giants in San Francisco. The homer watch is over.

There was no fretting in the Blue Jays camp this past weekend when it came to Vladimir Guerrero Jr.

Baseball’s top prospect had been in the big leagues for 13 games by the time the team took off Sunday night for a two-game series against the Giants, which began Tuesday in San Francisco.

The 20-year-old third baseman scuffled as much as he ever had in his first two weeks and two days in the big leagues: a .191 batting average, two extra-base hits, a lone RBI. Not the booming bat that was anticipated with his promotion in late April.

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When Vlad Guerrero Jr. was called up, it was a quasi-religious event: Here was the great home He hit his first home run last Tuesday, then added his second a few innings later It made sense, then, that Guerrero ' s second homer was in the direction of an advertisement that read "Greatness awaits."

But the belief in Guerrero was clear, even before he started to put together better at-bats and hit the ball with more force over the weekend: The hits, the home runs, were going to come. It was a sentiment echoed by coaches and teammates alike.

He proved them right in a breakout game on Tuesday night at Oracle Park: two long homers in a 3-for-4 performance, driving in four runs in a 7-3 victory. He became the youngest Jay to hit a home run — beating Danny Ainge by a few days — with a blast that spawned a special edition Topps baseball card (released Wednesday and on sale for 24 hours).

Guerrero is also the youngest player in franchise history to hit two homers in a game — logically — and the first Jay in the Statcast era, spanning five years, to launch two long balls with an exit velocity of at least 110 miles per hour (111.3 and 113.7, respectively) in the same contest.

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His first-inning drive travelled 438 feet to straightaway centre field, over the head of former Blue Jays outfielder Kevin Pillar. In the sixth, another blast to centre, this time 451 feet.

Guerrero had arrived — a little late, but in style.

“I did know,” Guerrero, through interpreter Hector Lebron, told reporters in San Francisco about his first homer. “I made very good contact. I hit it on the barrel and I knew it was going to be good.”

It’s not going to be good every day, though, as he knows after struggling early on. In Wednesday’s 4-3 loss in San Francisco, splitting their two-game series, Guerrero went 0-for-3 with a walk and an RBI groundout that tied the game in the fifth inning.

His average sits at .222 with a .693 OPS as the Jays prepare to open a four-game series against the White Sox in Chicago on Thursday night.

What manager Charlie Montoyo and the rest of the Jays staff will look for next is consistency. Guerrero has twice played five straight games in the field, an indication that his body is holding up well in the big-league grind — particularly on the Rogers Centre’s artificial turf — after starting the season on the injured list with a strained oblique.

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KEY PLAYERS: Twins’ Buxton- Jays ’ Pillar. Byron Buxton has been lighting things up since the all-star break , batting .305 with four doubles, a pair of triples, four home runs and 13 RBIs heading into action Thursday, nearly matching Vlad Guerrero ’ s Blue Jay homer breakout hints at what lies ahead .

He has put together a pair of three-game hit streaks, one of which was snapped on Wednesday. But with Toronto’s offence needing a spark — just five hits Wednesday — and Montoyo singling out Guerrero as one of the players who could provide it, the Jays will need more than just a few good performances from the budding superstar.

It’s a lot of pressure to put on a rookie who was wearing a Buffalo Bisons jersey not long ago, but the Jays spent time preparing Guerrero for this moment — how to handle the spotlight, how clubhouse leadership works.

Guerrero admitted that the home run watch was on his mind, and predicted during batting practice on Tuesday that he would hit one that night. Last week, he wore high socks for a game to try to change his luck, a superstition that once worked for him in Double-A.

After his long-awaited call-up, there was always the question of how he would react to his first big-league slump. So far, he’s passing that test. And more homers will come. Just ask hall of famer Vladimir Guerrero Sr., who hit 449 of them.

“This is the first of many,” he tweeted Tuesday. (I’m) proud of you boy.”

Laura Armstrong is a sports reporter based in Toronto. Follow her on Twitter: @lauraarmy

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