If Gio Gonzalez has his way, he'll never have to pitch against the Guerrero family again.
The veteran southpaw, who's currently playing for the New York Yankees' Triple-A affiliate, the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Railriders, faced top Toronto Blue Jays prospect Vladimir Guerrero Jr. in a game on Sunday. Vlad Jr. notched a pair of hits off Gonzalez, prompting praise from the elder hurler.
"When he got to first, I said, 'Your dad and you have the same reputation,'" Gonzalez told Kaitlyn McGrath of The Athletic. "You always find a hit. I was like, 'Just get out of here already - I’m tired of facing your family already.'"
Despite his lamentations, Gonzalez actually fared well against the senior Guerrero over 31 showdowns from 2008-11. Vlad Sr. hit .241/.290/.276 against Gonzalez, while the starter never surrendered a long ball.
Nevertheless, Gonzalez is impressed by the young slugger with the violent swing and thinks he'll make a quick impact at the big-league level when he gets the call.
"He was fun to watch," Gonzalez said. "It was fun to just see how his approach was, how his game was. And he hits the ball hard. You’re going to see a lot. He's an easy 25-to-30 home run guy, easily. You can see it in his swing."
Through three games at Triple-A, Guerrero is hitting .500/.583/.900 with a home run, five RBIs, and a stolen base. He hasn't struck out in any of his 12 plate appearances.