Vladimir Guerrero Jr., considered one of the best prospects in baseball, will be called by the Toronto Blue Jays on Friday and is expected to make his Major League debut, manager Charlie Montoyo announced.
Guerrero, a 20-year-old third baseman and son of Hall of Famer Vladimir Guerrero, was No. 2 on the 2019 major prospect list of Keith Law, a member of ESPN. The Jays have yet to announce a move from the corresponding list.
"It's going to be a great moment, I get goose bumps just thinking about it," Montoyo told ESPN's Marly Rivera. "We've been talking about this for a long time, and it's so exciting that the time has finally come.
"I'm very happy, this was such an important moment, not only for the city of Toronto and for the Toronto Blue Jays, but for our entire baseball community, that the number one prospect in baseball will debut on Friday, it's very talented. , that the sky is the limit for that child, in my case, personally, I'm excited to see him play every day and see what he can do. "
Guerrero's father, who played the first eight seasons of his 16-year career with the Montreal Expos, went on Twitter to celebrate the news.
My son! The country that saw you as a child will now see you become a big one.
Working hard everything can be done. I'm proud of you!
I love you! ❤️ pic.twitter.com/WJyLBVKWoR
– Vladimir Guerrero (@ VladGuerrero27) April 25, 2019
Toronto will host Oakland on Friday for the start of a three-game series, with right-hander Mike Fiers scheduled to start with the A's and Marcus Stroman taking the hill for the Blue Jays.
Montoyo told Rivera that he has not decided where to place Guerrero in the lineup.
Guerrero hit .381 with 20 homers and 78 RBIs in 95 games as he shot through four minor league ball levels last season.
There was a chance he could have made the Blue Jays' major league list out of spring training, but an oblique effort early in spring camp ruined any possibility of that.
Guerrero has continued to play this season with Triple-A Buffalo, hitting .367 with three homers and eight RBIs in eight games, including a homer in Wednesday's game.
Montoyo told Rivera that it will be his job as manager to relieve the pressure on Guerrero.
"The good thing about this child is that he is so humble, that he is unique," Montoyo said. "Act and play as if he had been in the big leagues for a long time, and it will be an easy transition for him."