Blue Jays: Vladimir Guerrero Jr and Bo Bichette were unstoppable in May

Join Jays From the Couch with a look at how the Toronto Blue Jays top two prospects produced in May

 

The Toronto Blue Jays top two prospects closed out the minor league’s 2nd month with an extra-innings defeat at the hands of Portland. With the calendar turning to June, Bo Bichette is surging while Vladimir Guerrero Jr. is slumping.

 

Yes, you heard me right, Vladdy is slumping. How else can you explain his batting average plummeting from .435 on May 25th all the way down to a disappointing .414 on May 31st?

 

Obviously, that is sarcastic.

 

Vladimir Guerrero Jr. is taking the baseball world by storm. He has yet to collect his first major hit or his Triple-A hit for that matter but was honored by Sports Illustrated in May. Vladdy hit tape measure, game-winning, game-tying, or just plan inspiring home runs for the Fisher Cats this month. Here are all of VGJ’s May long balls. Thank you youtube.com and New Hampshire Fisher Cats’ twitter page.

 

PS. Let the page fully load so you don’t miss any highlights

 

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Number 4 and 5

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Number 8 Walk off May 20th

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Number 11

 

Bo Bichette waited until May 15th to hit his 1st Double-A home run and finished the month with four. Take a look at Bo’s bombs.

 

Number 1 (click link)

 

 

Number 2

 

Number 3 (click link)

 

I will add the video of Bichette’s 4th home run which he hit a few hours prior to writing this.

 

Guerrero Jr.

 

After hitting 8 doubles, a triple, and 2 HR in 20 April games, Vladimir Guerrero Jr. went ape stuff on Eastern League pitching in May. VGJ batted a cool .438 with 10 doubles, and 9 home runs in 29 May games. He drove in 28 runs while scoring 29. Vladdy continues to demonstrate a mature approach at the plate with 9 walks and 10 strikeouts.

 

Guerrero Jr leads the Eastern League in BA, 2B, RBI, TB, SLG%, and OPS. He trails teammate Jonathan Davis by a run with 44. He trails Luigi Rodriguez for the league lead in OBP with .464 and is 4th with 11 HR.

 

Bichette

 

Bo Bichette struggled in May, as he watched his batting average fall from .292 on April 30 down to .244 on May 23rd. Bichette finished the month strong, raising his batting average up to .272 by batting .368 between May 23rd and May 31st.

 

Despite batting .256 in May, Bichette found his power stroke and hit 4 home runs. He also drove in twice as many runs in May (17 in 30GP) than he did in April (8 in 20GP). While the Fisher Cats shortstop has batted leadoff or 2nd, he’s been a very production hitter with runners in scoring position (.288 with 2HR and 21RBI).

 

Even with a mini-slump, Bichette finds himself in the top 10 of many offensive categories. After finishing with 22 stolen bases in 2017, Bichette already has 15 stolen bases in 19 attempts. One negative, Bo has committed 11 errors over the first 2 months.

 

Closing Thoughts

 

Many Blue Jay fans are calling for Vladimir Guerrero Jr’s promotion to the big club but the Front Office appears set on letting the young phenom feast on minor league pitching. With the 2018 Amateur Draft days away, Vladimir Guerrero Jr could be moved to Triple-A in the next two weeks.

 

I think the FO will keep Bo Bichette in NH time August. Bichette’s little slump forced him to make some adjustments which are great for his development. Let’s see how the league adjusts in June and July to Bo and how handles it before creating a logjam of middle infielders in Buffalo.

 

*Featured Image Credit: Blue Jays Twitter

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Ryan Mueller

Lover of all things Toronto Blue Jays. Blue Jays MiLB fanatic. I strive for average while stumbling onto above average. Rogers isn't cheap. Baseball is a business. Your right, but I'm more right.