Vladimir Guerrero Jr. has not yet played an MLB game, but he's the lone Toronto Blue Jays player listed on Sports Illustrated's Top 100 Players of 2019.
Guerrero Jr. cracked the list at No. 100, with Sports Illustrated predicting he will become just the third player in league history to top 500 plate appearances in his age-20 season, joining Jason Heyward and Mike Trout.
The 19-year-old, who will turn 20 on March 16, isn’t expected to make his MLB debut until mid-April, allowing the Blue Jays to gain an extra year of team control, taking him through 2025.
Team general manager Ross Atkins said last week that there's no timetable for his debut.
“There’s no firm timeline on when he arrives or when he is playing in Toronto for the first time, but we want to make sure he’s the best possible third baseman and the best possible hitter he can be," Atkins said.
Guerrero Jr. won the 2018 minor-league player of the year award after a dominant campaign.
In 95 games last season split between four different teams at varying levels in the minors, Guerrero Jr. had a .391 batting average, a .437 on-base percentage and a slugging percentage of .636 with 20 home runs and 78 RBIs.
On Aug. 30, he was added by the Blue Jays to the Surprise Saguaros roster of the Arizona Fall League.
Trout was ranked No. 1 on SI's list, followed by Mookie Betts, Max Scherzer, Francisco Lindor and Jose Ramirez.