Blue Jays prospect Vladimir Guerrero Jr.

Recently signed by the New York Yankees, veteran starting pitcher Gio Gonzalez is tuning up his game down at Triple-A.

The former All-Star has posted a 2-1 record with a 6.00 ERA in three starts for Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.

He had the pleasure of going up against top Toronto Blue Jays prospect Vladimir Guerrero Jr. and their Triple-A team this past weekend.

Having faced Vlad’s father, a tremendous hitter during his time, Gonzalez had a pretty awesome take about going up against the two generations of elite-level batters.

“When he got to first, I said, ‘Your dad and you have the same reputation You always find a hit,” Gonzalez said, via Kaitlyn McGrath of The Athletic. “I was like, ‘Just get out of here already – I’m tired of facing your family already.’”

The interesting thing here is that Gonzalez held the older Guerrero to a .241 average in 31 at-bats between the two. Vlad Sr. hit a robust .318 during his Hall of Fame career.

As it relates to the younger Guerrero, there’s absolutely no reason why he’s still in the minors.

The 20-year-old is hitting .500 in 12 at-bats for Toronto’s Triple-A team this season. He absolutely dominated lower-level competition last season, as well.

It’s just a matter of time before Guerrero Jr. is up with the big league club. Unfortunately for Gonzalez, this means continued matchups should the pitcher get the call from the Bronx Bombers.

Vincent Frank
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