Vladimir Guerrero Jr Shifts to First Base


Charlie Montoyo has made the announcement that Vladimir Guerrero Jr will be focusing on First base and DH for the 2020 season. 

This should come as no surprise to Jays fans but it may surprise some general MLB fans.  Some see it as a move because of his weight.  You can make that case but I think I don’t think that’s quite it. 

If you take a look the Jays prospect list there are 2 top infielders that can be ready by late 2021 or 2022 for certain.  Jordan Groshans and recently drafted Austin Martin.  Baseball America has Martin ranked 16th overall and Groshans 31st overall.  They’re the top two position players in the system. 

Groshans, 19, was the 12th overall pick in the 2018 June draft out of Magnolia Highschool.

Groshans only played 23 games at A-Ball Lansing last year.  He went 28/83 (.337) with 2 home runs, 6 doubles, 13 rbi and 12 runs scored.  His on base was an encouraging .427 – .90 points higher than his batting average.

Austin Martin, 22, was the 5th overall selection in the recent June Draft.

According to Ben Nicholson-Smith is going to be added to the Jays Player Pool – most likely for development reasons.  If players aren’t on the 60-man player pool they’re home sitting on the couch.  At Vandy this year he only played 16 games prior to the shut down and slashed .337/507/.660.  In a full season in 2019 he slashed .392/.486/.604 in 65 games with 10 home runs, 19 doubles, 18 steals 46 runs driven in and 87 runs scored. 

Why not take, what could be looked at by the end of the year, as a throw away season to get Vladdy comfortable at first base.  They’ve got Travis Shaw to man third for ’20 and ’21 and then he hands it off to one of the prospects who’ll be ready by then. 

The only real impact on Fantasy is that Vladdy will now receive First Base eligibility, which probably won't change your draft strategy but will help you later on in the year as position eligibility/flexibility becomes more important.  Neither of these prospects will have an impact.

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