Alex Guerrero of the Dodgers fields during a training session at Sydney Cricket Ground on March 19, 2014 in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by Cameron Spencer/Getty Images)
Of course, Alex Guerrero wants to be in the big leagues, but instead of saying it, he’s letting his bat do the talking.
The 27 year old, who the Dodgers signed to a four-year $28 million contract, is on a tear playing for the Albuquerque Isotopes in the Pacific Coast League.
In nine games, Guerrero has a .467 batting average, an on-base percentage of .568, and in 30 at bats he’s only struck out once time. And, he’s doing that while learning a new position.
Guerrero was one of the top shortstops in Cuba, but he’s now learning the ropes as a second baseman.
Despite the hot start, Dodgers Manager Don Mattingly doesn’t want anyone, namely the media, screaming from the hills that he needs to be called up immediately and put into the lineup.
“He’s swinging the bat good,” Mattingly said. “The main thing is (for Guerrero) to keep playing defensively.”
Mattingly says he still needs more work learning the nuances of playing second base. With only a small sample size of nine games work with “you’re not going to see a huge difference in that amount of time.”
It’s also unlikely, barring a serious injury, that Guerrero would be brought up anytime soon given that Dodgers current second baseman Dee Gordon is hitting .369 and leading the majors with 12 stolen bases.
But, if Guerrero keeps swinging it like he is, anything is possible.