There’s not much to say that hasn’t already said about Vladimir Guerrero Jr., but the slugger just keeps on putting on a hitting clinic.
Baseball’s top overall prospect collected two hits — including a towering home run — and scored twice, but Triple-A Buffalo fell to Pawtucket, 11-8, on Wednesday night at McCoy Stadium. Second-ranked Blue Jays prospect Bo Bichette also had a two-hit night, collecting a triple and three RBIs out of the leadoff spot.
After straining his left oblique during Spring Training on March 10, Guerrero began the regular season with a four-game rehab stint in the Florida State League. But since he’s made his way north to the Bisons, the top Blue Jays prospect picked up where he left off last year, hitting .412 through his first five contests.
It didn’t take long for the dynamic duo to make an impact against the PawSox. Bichette led off the game with a single to center field and Guerrero followed suit two batters later against right-hander Chandler Shepherd. Both scored with Blue Jays No. 11 prospect Anthony Alford when Richard Urena laced a triple to right.
With a 4-0 lead and the bases loaded again, Bichette collected his second base knock of the inning, clearing the bases with a three-bagger to right after Pawtucket turned to lefty Dan Runzler.
Following a groundout in the second, Guerrero flashed his 70-grade power in the fourth when he sent the first pitch he saw from lefty reliever Bobby Poyner deep over the left-field wall — an estimated 441 feet — for a solo home run. With his second tater of the season, Guerrero boosted his OPS to 1.324.
Bichette came into the night batting just .234 in 12 games, but the two hits upped his average 21 points to .255 and OPS to .716.
Pawtucket trailed by four heading into the seventh, but top Red Sox prospect Michael Chavis trimmed the deficit in half with a two-run blast to deep left, his fourth dinger of the year. Although he’s batting 250 average, he maintains a .600 slugging percentage after his first 40 at-bats of the campaign.
Still down in the following frame, the PawSox rallied for five runs and took the lead for good on a two-RBI double to center by Tzu-Wei Lin.
In his second start for Buffalo this season, ninth-ranked Blue Jays prospect Sean Reid-Foley yielded four runs on four hits and three walks. He struck out six but did not factor into the decision.
Andrew Battifarano is a contributor to MiLB.com. Follow him on Twitter, @AndrewAtBatt.
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