Vladimir Guerrero Jr. continues to make Blue Jays fans clamor for his callup.
The No. 2 prospect in baseball, Vlad Jr. continued his onslaught on Eastern League pitching Wednesday afternoon, crushing his seventh home run of the season for Double-A New Hampshire in the Fisher Cats' 7-1 win over the Hartford Yard Goats. The home run was one of four hits on the day for the Blue Jays' top prospect, who is now batting .415, a mark that ranks second among all Minor League players.
Just 19 years old, Guerrero is the youngest player in all of Double-A baseball and is five years younger than the average player in the Eastern League. He has a 1.155 on-base plus slugging percentage and 40 RBIs in 35 games for the Fisher Cats. His 40 RBIs rank second in the Minors.
Vlad Jr.'s teammate, Cavan Biggio -- son of Astros Hall of Famer Craig Biggio -- tripled and hit his 12th homer of the season (tied for fourth-most in the Minors) to raise his season average to .315 and OPS to 1.171. The 23-year-old 2016 fifth-round pick is fourth in all of MiLB in OPS, while Guerrero is fifth.
New Hampshire starting pitcher Jordan Romano entered Wednesday 6-0 with a 2.23 ERA before firing six-plus no-hit innings to drop his ERA to 1.94. The 25-year-old right-hander struck out five and walked two but left the game when he injured himself while facing the first batter of the seventh. He threw a few pitches in front of the coaching staff before they decided his day was done.
Guerrero flashed some leather in the eighth inning, too, keeping the Fisher Cats' no-hit bid alive with a defensive gem at the hot corner before Hartford's Ryan Metzler ended the no-hitter and shutout with a two-out solo homer.
Oliver Macklin MLB.com