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Another Vladimir Guerrero Sr. son begins baseball climb

Guerrero, Acuña, Pereira relatives among nearly 500 international signings

There’s another Vladimir Guerrero in professional baseball. The Mets signed Vladi Miguel Guerrero, the son of Hall of Famer Vladimir Guerrero Sr., as an amateur free agent Monday out of the Dominican Republic.

Unlike the Hall of Fame slugger and his three-time All-Star son Vladimir Guerrero Jr., Vladi Miguel is a lefthanded-hitting prospect. Vladi Miguel signed for $117,000, according to Major League Baseball’s website

“Another professional player in the family,” Vladimir Guerrero Sr. wrote on social media site X in Spanish. “Congratulations to my son Vladi Miguel (my lefty version) for his signing with the New York Mets. Keep working to complete your dreams!”

Vladi Miguel is the third of Vladimir Guerrero’s sons to sign as amateur free agents. His older half-brother Vladimir Guerrero Jr. has been one of the best young players in baseball since his rookie season in 2019.

Vladimir Jr. is a three-time All-Star. Another of Vladimir Sr.’s son’s, Pablo, signed as an international free agent last year with the Texas Rangers. Vladi Miguel Guerrero wasn’t the only player with famous bloodlines to sign as an international free agent Monday. 

Another Ronald Acuña Jr. relative signs

Venezuelan shortstop Yojackson Laya signed with the Los Angeles Dodgers. Laya is the latest relative of NL MVP Ronald Acuña Jr. to sign with an MLB team. The Acuña and Escobar families of La Guaira and La Sabana, Venezuela, have a rich history of sending relatives signing with big league clubs.

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Ronald Acuña Sr. never reached the majors, but he was once considered a top prospect. His cousin Jose Escobar was the first in the family to reach the majors, playing 10 games with the Cleveland Indians in 1991. 

All-Star Alcides Escobar, Edwin Escobar and Kelvim Escobar followed to the majors before Ronald Acuña Jr. made his debut with the Braves. Kansas City Royals third baseman Maikel Garcia is the latest of Acuña’s cousins to reach the majors. 

The Oakland A’s signed catcher Alejandro Pereira, another Venezuelan with big league bloodlines. Pereira is the younger brother of top Yankees outfield prospect Everson Pereira, who made his big league debut last season.

According to Baseball America, MLB teams signed close to 500 international free agents. 

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