Baseball season is back in full swing. While the headlines leading up to Spring Training have focused primarily on the record-breaking contracts signed by sport’s biggest stars, some young stars from across the African diaspora are set to make significant impacts in their rookie seasons. Here are some of the top prospects to follow this year.
Vladimir Guerrero Jr.
Team: Toronto Blue Jays
Born: Montreal, Quebec
2018 Combined Stats: .381 BA, 20 HR, 78 RBI (Rookie Ball, A+, AA, and AAA)
Analysis: Guerrero is starting the year in the minor leagues. But make no mistake about it. When the 20-year-old phenom heals from an oblique injury and completes the necessary time in Triple-A to satisfy Toronto’s service time concerns, Guerrero will be one of the most-watched players in the big leagues.
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The son of Baseball Hall of Famer Vladimir Guerrero Sr., the Jays’ third baseman brings prodigious skill at the plate with lightning quick hands, impressive power and an ability to hit to all parts of the field. Guerrero was ranked number one among all prospects for the 2019 season by scouting website Baseball America. When he inevitably makes his debut for the Blue Jays this season, he will immediately become the face of the franchise