Vlad Guerrero Jr. jumps to first base

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We knew this moment would come. We just didn’t know it would happen so soon. Vladimir Guerrero Jr. will make the first base its main position in the future, according to Sportsnet’s Ben Nicholson-Smith (via Twitter).After a full season at third base, the 21-year-old power phenomenon will focus on becoming a first baseman and a designated hitter. Vlad made 17 mistakes in 94 hotspot starts in 2019. The advanced measures also didn’t care for his effort (-9 DRS, -9.4 UZR). Above-average Statcast releases snatched Vlad last in league (tied with Twins) Jorge Polanco) with -16 OAA.

Offensively, there is no doubt that Vlad Jr. has one of the most prodigious power shots in the game, even at such a young age, and this decision allows him to focus on what he does best. Vlad Jr. has completed 27 home runs in 514 plate games while reducing by 272 / .339 / .433 at the age of 20. Getting through the diamond was a possibility and in some ways it makes sense to do it as soon as possible rather than spending development time in a position with no long term future. It is certainly possible that Guerrero Jr. will end up as a primary designated hitter, but he will try his hand first in 2020.

With Vlad Jr. moving to the first, Travis Shaw Mostly expect to get third place, according to Nicholson-Smith. Lourdes Gurriel Jr. didn’t play a third, but the infielder / outfielder could probably pick it up, while the second baseman Cavan Biggio played a bit in the hot corner in Triple-A. Breyvic valera is also able to handle the third.

Shaw, signed as a free agent, comes out of a strangely disappointing performance in 2019 when he only hit .157 / .281 / .270 through 270 appearances with the Brewers. This allowed the Blue Jays to catch it cheaply, as they hope it will bounce back to something closer to its .243 / .327 / .451 career line.

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