Mega prospect Vladimir Guerrero Jr. is not expected to get a call-up to Toronto when the Bisons' season ends Monday, but the Blue Jays have already started to plan what's next for baseball's top prospect.
While it's uncertain if Guerrero will return to Double-A New Hampshire to play in the Eastern League playoffs, the Blue Jays have announced he will compete in the Arizona Fall League next month as a way to get more at-bats against fellow prospects in the wake of a season that saw him miss a month with a knee injury.
Guerrero has been named to the roster of the Surprise Saguaros for play in the league, which opens Oct. 9. He will be joined by former New Hampshire teammates Cavan Biggio and Bo Bichette, Eastern League all-stars who are also sons of longtime former major leaguers Craig Biggio and Dante Bichette.
The Surprise roster also includes current Buffalo pitcher Shawn Morimando and New Hampshire reliever Zach Jackson.
Guerrero entered Thursday's game in Rochester batting .333 in 26 games for the Bisons since his promotion from Double-A and .382 for the season in four levels of the Toronto system. He's not expected to get called up because the Blue Jays do not want to start the 19-year-old's service time clock and have it impact his eligibility for free agency going forward.
Guerrero continues to have huge home/road splits in Triple-A. He batted .397 in 16 games at Coca-Cola Field, with all five of his home runs and 12 of his 14 RBIs. He had a .741 slugging percentage and 1.197 OPS. On the road, however, he entered Thursday batting and slugging just .229, as he has no extra-base hits. His OPS is just .601.