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Vlad Jr. continues torrid AFL start with 3-hit night

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SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- Vladimir Guerrero Jr., MLB Pipeline's No. 1 overall prospect, has started the Arizona Fall League season much like he concluded his Minor League season.

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SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- Vladimir Guerrero Jr., MLB Pipeline's No. 1 overall prospect, has started the Arizona Fall League season much like he concluded his Minor League season.

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After collecting three hits in his AFL debut on Tuesday, the 19-year-old Blue Jays third baseman collected three more for the Surprise Saguaros in Wednesday night's game against the Salt River Rafters at Salt River Fields.

Video: Guerrero Jr.'s double vs. Salt River in Fall League

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In his first plate appearance, Guerrero hit a double that nearly left the park. On the ninth pitch of his first-inning at-bat against Salt River starter Luis Reyes, a Nationals farmhand, Guerrero belted a long fly ball to left field for a two-bagger.

After hitting 20 home runs and posting a 1.073 OPS in 95 games between Triple-A Buffalo and Double-A New Hampshire this season, Guerrero is 6-for-9 with four doubles through his first two Fall League games.

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"I'm just trying to come here, face every team and have fun," Guerrero said through an interpreter.

On Wednesday, Guerrero went 3-for-4 with an RBI, a walk and two runs scored, as he reached base in each of his first four plate appearances.

After trading three-time All-Star third baseman Josh Donaldson, the Blue Jays have an opening at third base, which should soon become a vacancy filled by Guerrero.

Guerrero has received advice from his father, Hall of Famer Vladimir Guerrero, to help advance further in his career, but he won't share what he's learned.

"I don't like to talk about that stuff because I think it's personal," Guerrero said.

Christopher Roth is a senior journalism student at Arizona State University. This story is part of a partnership between MLB.com and ASU's Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication.

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