If Javy Guerra has dropped your jaw with a web gem this year, then you’ve got that in common with the El Paso Chihuahuas shortstop.
“I always think to myself when I do those plays that I want to see myself in the TV,” Guerra said with a smile.
He’s got a reputation as perhaps the best defensive shortstop in Triple-A, blessed with glove gifts you rarely see.
“What he does on the infield, I didn’t play with many shortstops that can do what he can do. He’s got major league shortstop ability at this point,” said Chihuahuas manager Rod Barajas.
The big leagues have taken notice. The San Diego Padres called Guerra up for a quick two-game stint in early May. It was a blessing two-fold; he got to live the MLB life style, and his family made the trip from Panama to see him play for the first time as a pro.
“That was I think more special for me. Being with my family, the first time they see me play in the organization. It was great,” Guerra said.
Barajas agreed that the time with the Padres was great for the Panamanian.
“He came back and he had a big smile on his face. He loved what he had a taste of up there, so for me I think it was a great experience for him,” Barajas said.
Now, in order to make that call-up more permanent, Guerra’s bat has to level with his glove. He’s barely hitting .200 on the season, but he has hits in seven of his last 10 games.
“Something’s been wrong the last few weeks, but I’m working and I think the last week I feel better,” Guerra said.
With Javy though, his strength will always outweigh his weakness.
“If I have a leader out there, a guy who’s going to solidify the infield and the defense in general, it’s an easy decision,” Barajas said. “I’m putting him out there regardless of how he’s swinging the bat.”