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It's unclear at this point which is greater: the hype surrounding 19-year-old prospect Vladimir Guerrero Jr. or the nostalgia fans feel watching the son of MLB Hall of Famer Vladimir Guerrero swing with the same joy and talent?


Guerrero Jr. was signed by the Blue Jays in July 2015 when he was just 16 years old. Experts around the league expect Guerrero to follow in his father's footsteps and develop into an excellent Major League player and even contribute to the Major League club this year.

The excitement surrounding Guerrero's impending MLB debut is obvious when looking at his consensus average draft position (ADP) of 46, which is absolutely absurd for a player who, by all indications, will start the season in the Minor Leagues. 

Unlike Padres pitcher Chris Paddack, who has the backing of his club and a realistic chance at making the opening-day roster, it looks like the Blue Jays management seems hellbent on starting Guerrero off in the minors this year, which many assume is another example of an MLB team manipulating the service-time clause in the current collective bargaining agreement to keep the player longer at a cheaper deal. 


It is unclear at what point the Blue Jays will call up Guerrero. They will likely wait some time after the service-time clause deadline in June to avoid appearing like they kept him down for that reason. But when they do call him up, fantasy owners can expect big things. 

Last year in the minors, Guerrero had a .381 batting average with 20 homers, 78 runs batted in and a .437 on-base percentage (OBP) in just 95 games, including a .336/.414/.978 split at Triple-A. If he hits like that again this year, they'll be forced to call him up. If he's playing in the majors and batting like that, drafting him will look like a genius move. 


Keep an eye out for Vlad Guerrero Jr. on your draft board and don't be afraid to take a chance on him.


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