Vladimir Guerrero Jr. was certainly the most hyped prospect entering the 2018 Arizona Fall League, and on Opening Day, the No. 1 overall prospect lived up to the hype.
The Blue Jays' 19-year-old phenom, who hadn't played since September 3, needed two at-bats to shake off some rust as he struck out and flied out in his first two-bats.
After that, however, Guerrero showed the 80-grade hit tool that allowed him to slash .381/.437/.636 over 95 games this season.
Guerrero lined a double past third base for his first hit and picked up an RBI single in the seventh and a two-run double in the ninth, finishing the afternoon 3-for-5 with a trio of RBIs.
A strained patellar tendon, suffered in June, was the only thing that slowed Guerrero down this season. In the games he did play, Guerrero showed a tremendous ability to hit and was sent to the AFL to make up for some of those lost at-bats. Through one game, Guerrero is making the most of the opportunity and could very well be the league's third straight 19-year-old MVP, following Gleyber Torres and Ronald Acuna Jr.
Guerrero's Surprise team ultimately fell 10-8 to Salt River, thanks in large part to a trio of D-backs' prospects.
William Boor MLB.com