The Blue Jays are calling up left-hander Daniel Norris, reports Shi Davidi of Sportsnet.ca (h/t MLB Trade Rumors). They will also call up center fielder Dalton Pompey, the team’s top position prospect, from Triple-A Buffalo, according to Pompey himself on Twitter (h/t MLB Trade Rumors). Lastly, the Blue Jays have purchased the contract of right-hander Kendall Graveman from Triple-A Buffalo, tweets Shi Davidi of sportsnet.ca.
Daniel Norris, LHP
It’s been a busy season for Daniel Norris.
Norris received a promotion to Double-A New Hampshire after breezing through the Florida State League to begin the year. The 21-year-old left-hander didn’t stay there long, though, as the Blue Jays decided to move him up to Triple-A Buffalo after just eight starts.
Well, after four dominant outings at the minor’s highest level (and one not-so-good one), it now appears that Norris may make his major league debut in September when the rosters expand, per Sportsnet's Ben Nicholson-Smith.
On the season, Norris is 12-2 with a 2.53 ERA, 1.11 WHIP and 163-43 strikeout-to-walk ratio over 124.2 innings (25 starts) across all three levels. He's held opposing hitters to a .212 batting average during that span, highlighted by a .182 opponents' batting average over 22.2 innings at Triple-A.
The Blue Jays would not be rushing Norris up the ladder like this if they didn’t plan on using him in the major leagues next month. Chances are he’ll work out of the bullpen so as to manage his workload, but if a playoff spot is on the line, I wouldn’t rule out the possibility of Norris making a start or two down the stretch.
Dalton Pompey, OF
Pompey got everyone’s attention last year by posting a .752 OPS with 37 extra-base hits and 38 steals over 115 games in his full-season debut at Low-A Lansing.
The 21-year-old switch-hitter has emerged as one the game’s more intriguing power-speed prospects this year, as his debut in the major leagues represents will mark his fourth level of the season.
Pompey began his season with High-A Dunedin in the pitcher-friendly Florida State League before moving up to Double-A New Hampshire in late June. Pompey played in only 31 Eastern League games before he received another promotion, this time moving up to Triple-A Buffalo and fueling speculation about a potential September call-up.
Well, after batting .358/.393/.453 with 15 runs scored and six stolen bases in 12 Triple-A games, Pompey is officially headed for the major leagues. He’ll finish his second full professional season having batted .313/.388/.462 with nine home runs, nine triples, 20 doubles, 43 stolen bases and an 84/52 strikeout-to-walk ratio in 494 plate appearances (112 games) across three levels.
The switch-hitter also fared equally well from both sides of the plate, with an .849 OPS as a left-handed batter and an .853 OPS as a rightly.
Pompey has a high-end combination of hit/speed potential while also playing a solid center field—all attributes he showcased in this year’s All-Star Futures Game. Given the Blue Jays’ lack of production from center fielders Colby Rasmus (.735 OPS, 43 K) and Anthony Gose (.635 OPS) since the All-Star break, it wouldn’t be surprising if Pompey sneaks his way into the lineup sometime soon.
Kendall Graveman, RHP
Selected by Toronto in the eighth round of the 2013 draft out of Mississippi State, Graveman, 23, has raced through the minor leagues this season, making stops at each of the four full-season levels.
Though he will be used out of the Blue Jays’ bullpen along with left-hander Daniel Norris, Graveman’s overwhelming success this season came as a starter. In 27 starts between the four levels, the right-hander posted a 1.83 ERA, 1.03 WHIP and 115/31 strikeout-to-walk ratio over 167.1 innings. He allowed only two home runs during that span and held opposing hitters to a .231 batting average.