Vladimir Guerrero Jr, Cavan Biggio, and Bo Bichette Supercharge Minor League Baseball

Vladimir Guerrero Jr, Cavan Biggio, and Bo Bichette supercharge the NH Fisher Cats

Vladimir Guerrero Jr, Cavan Biggio, and Bo Bichette Supercharge Minor League Baseball

It's not often when one Double A minor league baseball team puts the sons of two Hall of Famers on a field. The New Hampshire Fisher Cats not only did that, but they also included the son of a four-time All-Star and one Major League player on a rehab assignment. For a baseball aficionado, it was a dream come true.

With Vladimir Guerrero Jr., Cavan Biggio, Bo Bichette and Blue Jays shortstop Aledmys Diaz on an MLB rehab assignment, Delta Dental Stadium in Manchester was like a Field of Dreams on the minor league circuit.

My daughter couldn't wait to see the three prodigies and we arrived an hour prior to the opening of the gates. Her goal was to get the three athletes' signatures on a baseball she caught atop the Green Monster at Fenway Park on a batting practice homerun. An authentic major league baseball with one mark on it from the bat that put it out of the park. She waited by the dugout pregame and managed to capture all three prior to the game.

Guerrero Jr. is the son of Vladimir Guerrero, elected to the 2018 Baseball Hall of Fame class. His dad will be the first player to enter the Hall wearing a Los Angeles Angels hat. His son, affectionately known as Vlad, is blasting his way through the Blue Jays farm system.

MLB.com's scouting report drools over the 19-year-old Vlad's stats:

"Much like his father, Vlad Jr. has an elite ability to barrel the ball from the right side of the plate and generates effortless plus raw power to all fields with his combination of bat speed, physical strength and hand-eye coordination. His plate discipline is also impressive, as he accrued more walks (76) than strikeouts (62) in 2017 to finish among the Minor League leaders in on-base percentage ... As a future plus hitter with at least 30-homer potential, Guerrero boasts the offensive profile of a perennial All-Star and possible MVP candidate in his prime."

During the game on May 29, we witnessed his 11th homerun of the season to straightaway center. He may be one of the few players to make the jump from Double A to the majors, a feat he would share with the likes of Mike Trout.

Vladimir Guerrero Jr., Son of MLB Hall of Famer Vladimer Guerrero,  celebrates with Bo Bichette, Son of MLB four-time All-Star Dante Bichette, after hitting a 2-run homer at the NH Fisher Cats against the Portland Sea Dogs on May 29, 2018. ©Mark D Phillips

Cavan Biggio looks so much like his dad, Craig, that I felt transported back to my days as a photographer in Shea stadium watching his father play for the Houston Astros at their mutual postion of second base. Craig Biggio became a 2015 Hall of Fame inductee, a year before Cavan joined the Blue Jays organization.

Joining Vlad and Cavan, Bo Bichette is the Blue Jays' No. 2 prospect, MLB.com's No. 13 overall prospect, and the son of four-time All-Star Dante Bichette. In 2017, The Florida native hit .427 in 22 games in the Rookie-level Gulf Coast League, then took home MiLBY for Offensive Player of the Year as he finished his first professional season with a .362 batting average.

Having the three future stars together in Double A is creating a brotherhood that one day should bring the Toronto Blue Jays a star-laden showcase.

"Having Bo and Vladdy on the same team is really cool," Biggio said in an MLB.com interview. "Vladdy and I were drafted together last year and, of course, all of us being in the same boat with our dads creates a familiarity and bond. But at the same time, we're just teammates. We look at each other as ballplayers on the same team and try not to make it much more than that. We learn from each other and do what we can to make ourselves better. They're two very good players who I'm happy to have as teammates."

In 48 games, Guerrero Jr. is batting an incredible .417 in 187 at bats with 11 HR, 18 doubles, and 53 RBI. Biggio has 13 HR, 42 RBI and a .307 average. Bichette, a shortstop, brings up a respectable .269 average with 3 HR, 12 doubles and 15 stolen bases.

Aledmys Diaz, the Blue Jays starting shortstop in town on a rehab assignment, may find the three joining him on the field at the Rogers Centre sooner rather than later.

If you have the time, drive to Manchester, NH, to see the future stars while you have the chance. You won't be disappointed.

 

The New Hampshire Fisher Cats are a Double A affiliate of the Toronto Blue Jays located in Manchester, NH. This year, the team is Celebrating 15 Years in Delta Dental Stadium and has an amazing hotel, restaurant and bar in center field making it unique among the many minor league stadiums I have visited. 

Vladimir Guerrero Jr., Son of MLB Hall of Famer Vladimir Guerrero, at the NH Fisher Cats game against the Portland Sea Dogs on May 29, 2018. ©Mark D Phillips
Vladimir Guerrero Jr., Son of MLB Hall of Famer Vladimir Guerrero, at the NH Fisher Cats game against the Portland Sea Dogs on May 29, 2018. ©Mark D Phillips