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Vladimir Guerrero Jr. rips walk-off homer for Blue Jays

By Alex Butler

March 27 (UPI) -- Vladimir Guerrero Jr. used the last at-bat of Toronto Blue Jays spring training to swat a walk-off homer Tuesday against the St. Louis Cardinals at Olympic Stadium in Montreal.

The 19-year-old son of Hall of Fame slugger Vladimir Guerrero, Sr. hit the long ball in the bottom of the ninth inning with the game scoreless. He faced a 1-0 count with two outs in the inning before settling in for the second offering from Cardinals righty Jack Flaherty.

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Guerrero belted the next pitch over the fence in left center for the win.

And the swing looked awfully familiar.

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The young third baseman is the Blue Jays' top prospect. Guerrero and fellow top prospect Bo Bichette will begin the season with Toronto's Double-A squad, the New Hampshire Fisher Cats.

Guerrero hit .323 with 13 home runs and 76 RBI last season in Single-A and Advanced-A ball.

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Guerrero went 1-for-2 in Tuesday's victory. He went 7-for-13 with a home run and two RBI, while claiming a 1.182 OPS this spring for the Blue Jays. The stud prospect wears No. 27, like his dad, who hit 449 home runs during his decorated 16-year MLB tenure.

Toronto kicks off the season at 3:37 p.m. on Thursday against the New York Yankees at Rogers Centre in Toronto, Ontario. The Cardinals begin the season at 1:10 p.m. Thursday with a matchup against the New York Mets at Citi Field in Queens.

"Priceless," the proud dad tweeted on a video after seeing his son go yard.

Guerrero Sr. is getting inducted into Cooperstown on Sunday, July 29 at the Clark Sports Center.

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