Outfielder Juan Guerrero covers a lot of ground and then goes tumbling over the wall in right to take a home run away from A’s No. 5 prospect Max Muncy to help Single-A Fresno secure a 4-2 victory over Stockton at Chukchansi Park on Tuesday.
Hanging onto a two-run lead in the ninth, the Grizzlies recorded the first out of the frame before Muncy put a charge into a 2-2 offering and sent it to the short porch in right. The ball appeared headed to leave the park and cut Fresno’s lead to a single run, however, Guerrero had other ideas. The 24th-ranked Rockies prospect flashed a tick above his 50-grade speed and charged toward the 335 marker just inside the foul pole. Without breaking stride, the 20-year-old stuck his glove over the short wall and made the catch before tumbling over it. He held on for the second out of the inning.
After a brief delay to collect himself, the game resumed and Shane McGuire went down swinging to end the contest. Fresno improved to 26-14 on the season.
That was only the second game this season in right field for Guerrero, who started in left 21 times and batted in the DH spot nine times. Over his two starts in right, the Dominican Republic native has a perfect 1.000 fielding percentage in seven total chances. He is sporting a .972 fielding percentage overall in the outfield this season.
Guerrero received a $650,000 signing bonus to sign out of the Dominican Republic during the 2018-19 international signing period. Signed as a shortstop, Guerrero mostly played third during his DSL debut and shifted to the outfield in 2021. At first, he got by on his athleticism as he learned a new position. He’s an aggressive baserunner who plays with super-high energy but has average speed, so a corner spot makes the most sense. He might just be scratching the surface, with the ceiling to eventually grow into a big league regular with an exceptional bat.