Guerrero out to make his own name

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  1. truebluefan

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    Lansing hitting coach Donnie Murphy doesn't pay too much attention to all the data he's given -- just make consistent, hard contact. Don't worry if it's caught. Don't fret over exit velocity. If players focus on hard contact, everything else will take care of itself. Ball speed off the bat can be a tool he uses for evaluation, but it doesn't need to dominate the conversation.

    This one caught his eye.

    Playing in his first game at Lansing's Cooley Law School Stadium, Blue Jays' top prospect Vladimir Guerrero Jr. ripped a 2-1 fastball on the inside corner from Great Lakes righty Vinny Santarsiero into left field for a double that one-hopped the wall. The ball got to the fence so quickly, Murphy recalled, that Guerrero -- who is beginning his first full season at the age of 18 -- was almost caught taking the extra base.

    "Just the sound of the bat is so different from anyone else here," Murphy said. "It's like a piece of wood snapping. That's what it sounds like. It's unbelievable."

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