If you ask Buffalo Bisons manager Bobby Meacham the areas in which Vladimir Guerrero Jr. can improve, you won’t hear him say much.
Guerrero is currently ranked as the best prospect in baseball, according to MLB Pipeline, and he’s performing like it.
The third baseman was recently called up to triple-A where he has made 23 plate appearances through his first six games with the Bisons, slashing .286/.522/.357 and showing off his discipline at the plate by drawing a whopping eight walks.
“That’s just a guy who’s confident in his abilities,” Meacham told Jeff Blair and Kevin Barker on Baseball Central Tuesday. “We always talk about hitters going up to the plate and getting a good pitch to hit. Good hitters go up there and talk about that every day [and] that’s kind of what he does. He just simplifies things, looks like he’s really under control of his own swing, he knows what he wants to go up there and hit and if they don’t give it to him he just lets it go.”
Meacham mentioned that Guerrero is adjusting quite well to triple-A life and said he has urged Guerrero to not merely blend in at this level, but to stand out.
So far, he’s done that.
Among the next challenges for Guerrero on his path to the majors will be how he adjusts to more talented and cerebral pitchers. Meacham also mentioned he’s curious to see what happens when Guerrero falls into a slump like all players eventually do.
“I think his adjustments to what they’re trying to take advantage of, that’s the key,” Meacham said. “When he starts to go bad, when something goes wrong for a few games we’ll see what adjustments he can make but I don’t think he has to change anything. …read more