Video: Top prospects Vladimir Guerrero Jr. and Michael Chavis traded home runs in Pawtucket

The best prospect in baseball and the Red Sox' top prospect showed their hitting abilities Wednesday.

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20-year-old Vladimir Guerrero Jr. is considered the best prospect in baseball by Baseball Prospectus. The Associated Press

Vladimir Guerrero Jr. is going to be in the major leagues sooner rather than later. The Toronto Blue Jays prospect has no problem schooling Pawtucket Red Sox pitchers on the way.

Guerrero Jr., son of Hall of Fame right fielder Vladimir Guerrero, was named the best prospect in baseball by Baseball Prospectus this January.

Unlike his father, 20-year-old Vlad Jr. plays third base. But he does appear to have inherited Guerrero Sr.’s hitting ability.

Guerrero Jr. launched a solo home run into the McCoy Stadium parking lot on the first pitch he saw from Bobby Poyner during the fourth inning Wednesday, extending the Buffalo Bisons’ lead over the PawSox to 8-4. It was his second home run of the season for the Bisons.


The PawSox ultimately won Wednesday’s game 11-8, rallying for seven runs between the seventh and eighth innings. The Red Sox’ top prospect, Michael Chavis, hit a two-run home run of his own in the seventh inning.

Last season, Guerrero Jr. hit 20 home runs and 78 RBIs over 95 games across games in four minor leagues, slashing .381/.437/.636 along the way. He was promoted to Triple-A Buffalo on July 31, 2018.

Through five games this season with Buffalo, he is hitting .412/.500/.824.