“WHERE ARE THEY NOW?”: Class of 2015 produced one of the elite prospects in all of Baseball, Vladimir Guerrero Jr.
In 2015 the Dominican Prospect League had a stellar signing class filled with baseball bloodlines and a high ceiling of plus talent throughout the alumni. Hall Of Famer Juan Marichal and Seattle Mariners coach Manny Acta gave the players some words of advice during the DPL press conference.
Here’s our “where are they now “ segment looking back at the TOP players in the DPL International class of 2015.
Scouting Report below provided by MLBPIPELINE.COM.
Vladimir Guerrero Jr. 3B Toronto Blue Jays – Lansing Lugnuts (A)
Scouting grades: Hit: 55 | Power: 60 | Run: 45 | Arm: 55 | Field: 45 | Overall: 55
The Blue Jays traded a pair of prospects in exchange for three international bonus slots to ensure they would sign Vladimir Jr., the son of 2004 AL MVP and nine-time All-Star Vladimir Guerrero, during the 2015 international period. He ultimately received a $3.9 million bonus, the second-highest in franchise history, and then showcased his huge offensive ceiling last summer in the Rookie Appalachian League, where, as the league’s youngest player, he posted an .808 OPS with eight homers, 46 RBIs and 15 steals in 62 games.
Following in the footsteps of his father, Vlad Jr. has a preternatural ability to barrel the ball from the right side of the plate and produces effortless raw power to all fields with his combination of bat speed, physical strength, and hand-eye coordination. His plate discipline also is impressive, as he walked (33) nearly as often as he fanned (35) during his pro debut. Moved from the outfield to third base ahead before the season, Guerrero shows glimpses of becoming an average defender there in spite of having below-average speed and range, and his arm strength has developed into another above-average tool since signing.
As a potential above-average hitter with plus power, Guerrero boasts the offensive profile of a future All-Star who should spend much of his career hitting in the middle of a big league lineup. However, retaining his athleticism without becoming too bulky could pose as a challenge for Guerrero moving forward, and possibly portend a move to the outfield or first base.
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