Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Guerrero's New Triple-A Teammates Await the Top Prospects Arrival

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Guerrero's New Triple-A Teammates Await the Top Prospects Arrival

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Guerrero's new teammates await his arrival


BUFFALO, N.Y. - Sean Reid-Foley has done something not many minor league pitchers have been able to do -- get a ground-ball out from Vladimir Guerrero Jr.

The shining moment for Reid-Foley came in an intrasquad game during spring training this year when he threw a fastball away to the top prospect in Major League Baseball.

Guerrero hit the ball weakly to the second baseman, who scooped it up and fired to first for the out.

"We talked about it afterwards and he was asking me certain questions about (my pitch selection)," Reid-Foley said Monday at the home stadium of the Buffalo Bisons, where Guerrero is to report Tuesday for his triple-A debut. "He said: 'I wasn't looking for a fastball, I was looking for a breaking ball,' so we talked about that.

"He's always working, always thinking. He wants to be here every day and he wants to do the best to keep the fans interested and win every game."

Guerrero's new locker at Coca-Cola Field was set up Monday in anticipation of his arrival. And the star third baseman made a quick appearance at the stadium, dressed in a Bisons t-shirt and peering over the dugout railing as his new teammates took batting practice.

The son of former Montreal Expos great Vladimir Guerrero -- Vlad Jr. was up the road in Cooperstown, N.Y., on Sunday to watch his father's induction into the Baseball Hall of Fame -- dominated his double-A opponents through 61 games with the New Hampshire Fisher Cats.

He hit 14 homers, drove in 60 runs and had a .402 batting average.

Bisons manager Bobby Meacham said he's curious to see how Guerrero can adapt to pitching at the triple-A level, which he described as "a bit more experienced" than double-A.

"The key is once (the opposing pitchers) find one little flaw in the swing that they can exploit, what's he going to do to cover that and try to adapt to that? …

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