On Sunday, Vladimir Guerrero Jr. made some headlines by crushing his first Spring Training home run. And that is what everyone wants to see. Is Guerrero Jr. appearing stronger, driving the ball, and looking decent at third base?
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Recently, he talked about his conditioning in the off-season with Arden Zwelling of Sportsnet Canada.
“I have more range. I can run harder to first base. That’s why I’m feeling good. I feel healthier. Much healthier than last year.”
Vladimir Guerrero Jr. on dropping 15-20 pounds, his winter workouts, and what he’s doing to improve defensivelyhttps://t.co/7DIKmN7txi
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Clearly, Guerrero Jr. starts the 2020 campaign in the best shape of his life.
“I feel like my shape is a lot more comfortable right now. My body is a lot better right now. That’s why I’ve been working hard in the off-season and doing whatever they want so that I can play every day,” Guerrero said. “I feel lighter. I like being in better shape. I think it’s way better. Because now I can do everything. Last year, maybe I would play five innings and I’m tired. Right now, I can play five, seven — and I feel good.”
Jays hitting coach Guillermo Martinez told me that he spends a lot of his time talking to Vladdy about his preparation and process. If Junior is in the right frame of mind and has the right plan, the at-bats will take care of themselves.
Guerrero possesses the type of thinking that the great hitters have. He told me that he feels the same way about himself after a game in which he goes 0-for-4 as he does if he is 4-for-4 with two doubles and a homer. All of the great hitters trust the process and over time they put up the numbers. He did it last year and will likely do it for the next 15-to-20 years as well.
It won’t be long, and we will be seeing what Guerrero Jr. has to offer in his sophomore campaign.