Lourdes Gurriel Jr. is being optioned to AAA Buffalo while Eric Sogard will be added to the 40-man-roster and called up to Toronto.
Well, this isn’t a move I saw coming into this season but Gurriel hasn’t shown the ability he did last year in his rookie campaign. Which included a consecutive 11 games where he had multiple hits, a rookie record.
The issue with Gurriel though isn’t his bat, it’s when he is out in the field. Gurriel, ever since signing as an international free agent in 2016 has been tossed around the diamond without a natural position and ended up sticking with the middle infield as he progressed through the minor leagues.
Today manager Charlie Montoyo removed Gurriel from the game because he was struggling mentally after making a crucial error that prolonged the third inning.
The problem for Gurriel is not that his defense has gotten worse, it’s that his bat isn’t making up the difference required to make it worth putting him out there. Gurriel has struggled at the plate to start the year slashing .179/.256/.538.
If Gurriel gets his swing going and can gain his confidence back in the field it will not be long before he returns to the big leagues.
What I find mildly interesting is that in under two weeks there is a Gurriel bobblehead day planned against the Giants on the 24th. Has there ever been a bobblehead for a player that’s in the minors? There have been multiple awkward times when players have been traded, but sent down to AAA? It might just be a first.