Not many Blue Jays fans had even heard of Dalton Pompey when the season started. But the Canadian outfielder has since become one of the team’s top prospects after having a spectacular 2014 season.
Pompey began the year at Class A-Advanced Dunedin, where he hit .319/.397/.471 with 29 stolen bases in 31 attempts. This performance earned the 21-year-old a promotion to Double-A New Hampshire, where he proceeded to hit .295/.378/.473 in 31 games before being promoted to Triple-A Buffalo. A slash line of .358/.393/.453 in 12 games with Buffalo convinced the Blue Jays that Pompey was ready for the major leagues.
Offensively, the switch-hitting Pompey profiles as a leadoff hitter with speed who has the ability to get on base. Defensively, his speed gives him the range required to play centre field effectively.
With the Blue Jays already having several extra outfielders on the bench such as Kevin Pillar and Anthony Gose, Pompey doesn’t figure to see a lot of playing time this month. He’ll likely be mainly used for pinch-running duties. But regardless, this is still a great chance for the young prospect to get his first taste of the major leagues.