Baseball is Family: Bisons prospects learn from rich baseball history

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Vladimir Guerrero, Craig Biggio and Dante Bichette were all great baseball players. 

Guerrero entered the Baseball Hall of Fame last summer, Biggio in 2015 while Bichette was a four time All-Star and led the National League in home runs and RBI’s in the mid-90’s with the Colorado Rockies.

Fast forward to 2019.

Vlad Guerrero Jr., Cavan Biggio and Bo Bichette are three of the top prospects in the Blue Jays minor league system and all will have a chance to leave their mark on the franchise.  Their success is aided by the history and experience they pull from each other and their families.

“It’s great to have them,” Guerrero Jr. said through an interpreter during the Buffalo Bisons’ Hot Stove Prospect Showcase on Thursday.   “It’s great to have someone to rely on and they’re always trying to stick together and help each other out.”

“I’ve learned a lot from my dad. Everything he’s learned, he taught me,” added Bichette.  “But to get a different point of view, great players don’t do the same. So, to hear what Cavan’s dad about this certain thing or what Vladdy’s dad told him about ‘this,’ it just gives me something else to learn from and possibly put in my game and the same for them, so it helps a lot.”

The Bisons don’t start the season until April, but the prospects will likely be with the team when Spring Training opens in late February and early March.

“My mind is doing a good job of staying focused and doing the best I can, just like last year,” Guerrero Jr. said. “Working hard and just leaving it up to God.”

However, even after a strong showing with AAA Buffalo near the end of last year hitting .336 with six home runs in 30 games, the Blue Jays didn’t call up their young slugger, who was eventually named Baseball America’s and USA Today’s Minor League Player of the Year.

Instead, Guerrero Jr. the Arizona Fall League.

Even if the third baseman continues to mash baseballs throughout the spring, it’s not a guarantee he makes the jump to The Show.

“All my life I’ve learned to control what I can control and to do my best when I’m in the field,” he said.  “My mind is on just performing well and doing what I need to do.”

On July 21, the Bisons will have a Vlad Guerrero Jr. bobblehead giveaway, something the top prospect appreciates.

“It makes me very happy,” he said of the promotion through his interpreter  “Everytime I show up here, I have the same purpose and I still think about being in the Big Leagues. I’m really happy and really honored they’re doing something like that.”

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