Alex Guerrero’s name in recent headlines has been accompanied by the story of his dugout altercation with teammate Miguel Olivo. In the fight, Guerrero had a chunk of his ear bitten off and needed plastic surgery to have the ear repaired.
However on Friday, Guerrero made news for his on-field play as Baseball America released its ‘Prospect Hot Sheet’ for the week of May 16-22. Sitting in the top two spots are Corey Seager and Guerrero.
Seager was on a tear last week, hitting .600 with seven doubles, three home runs and 11 RBIs. Here’s an excerpt of Baseball America’s take on the young shortstop’s play for the week:
A hamstring injury sidelined Seager for the last week of April, but he returned to action with a vengeance, going 35-for-78 (.449) with 15 extra-base hits in 19 games since coming off the disabled list. For emphasis, he slammed 10 extra-base hits in seven games this week while hitting .600.
As for Guerrero, he hit for less of an average than Seager, was nonetheless impressive going 11-for-20 with one double, triple, four home runs and eight RBIs. Here’s some of Baseball America’s summary for Guerrero:
Guerrero’s loud performance at Triple-A—he leads the PCL with a 1.152 OPS—had him cued up for a big league callup when the Dodgers needed an extra infielder this week. But that’s when a bizarre incident in Albuquerque involving Isotopes teammates threw everything out of whack.
Seager is likely still a handful of years away from making the big league roster, but Guerrero may have been in the process of playing himself into a spot with the Dodgers in the near future. The altercation with Olivo is the second setback for Guerrero after many labeled him as the favorite to win the starting job at second base back in Spring Training.
With an influx of young and talented middle infielders throughout the organization, the Dodgers appear to be well-stocked for years to come.
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