Report: Angels, Mets, Blue Jays interested in Vlad Guerrero Jr.
Vladimir Guerrero Jr., the 15-year-old son of retired major leaguer Vladimir Guerrero, has garnered the interest of several major league teams, according to Jesse Sanchez of MLB.com.
Guerrero Jr., born in 1999, is 6-foot-2 and 220 pounds. In September, he was scouted by the Texas Rangers, Los Angeles Angels, New York Yankees and Toronto Blue Jays, who watched the teenager take batting practice and showcase a swing reminiscent of his father. Sanchez reports that the New York Mets have also shown interest.
Guerrero Jr. will be eligible to sign with a major league team as an international free agent on July 2, 2015. In the September batting practice session, Guerrero Jr. hits with a wooden bat and, like his father, doesn't use batting gloves.
The elder Guerrero, signed by the Montreal Expos in 1993, debuted in the major leagues in 1996, playing until 2011. After two comeback attempts, he formally retired in late 2013.
In 16 seasons, he appeared in 2,147 games for the Expos, the Angels, the Rangers and the Baltimore Orioles. He had a career .318 batting average, .379 on-base percentage and .553 slugging percentage with 449 home runs and 1,496 RBIs.
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