Vladimir Guerrero Jr. has arrived.
The 19-year-old third baseman met with members of the media early Tuesday afternoon at Coca-Cola Field before his Triple-A debut with the Buffalo Bisons.
The native of the Dominican Republic answered questions through Blue Jays mental performance coach Rafael Dubois, a Venezuelan who translated questions and answers in Spanish.
Some highlights from the media availability:
On dealing with the media hype: "I don’t feel any pressure. I just try to get better every day. I try to do my job. To do the things I need to do every day to get better. And I don’t really feel any pressure."
On what he expects to be the difference between Double-A and Triple-A: "I can’t tell you right now because I haven’t played but it’s the same baseball. It’s the same baseball. The only thing that I need to do is just go out there and play the game."
The status of his knee which kept him on the disabled list for about a month: "So thank God everything is fine. I’m 100 percent recovered. The organization did a great job and the staff did a great job and I feel good."
On if he was surprised by his success, including hitting .402 in Double-A: "That’s what I work every year for. When I go to the DR I just go to prepare myself for a long season and that’s what I work for. To prepare myself to hit and to do my job."
Bisons manager Bobby Meacham said Guerrero Jr. will bat third in Tuesday's game against the Lehigh Valley IronPigs and start at third base.
Wednesday is a doubleheader and Meacham said Guerrero Jr. will likely play just one game, probably the first, at third base. That, as is everything in the baseball, is subject to change.