Promotion Imminent For Dalton Pompey
This week saw two of the Toronto Blue Jays’ prospects selected to appear in MLB’s Futures Game, set to take place over All-Star weekend in two weeks time. Daniel Norris and Dalton Pompey have been recognized and rewarded for their impressive seasons and futures alike.
Norris, the organization’s fourth ranked prospect, recently received a promotion to Double A New Hampshire having dazzled at the Single A level with a 6-0 record and 1.22 ERA. Also dominating for the Single A Dunedin Blue Jays is Pompey, who looks set to follow in his former teammate’s footsteps.
Drafted in the 16th round of the 2010 Draft, Pompey is in his fifth professional season and still three tiers away from the major leagues. Part of his slow rise through the minor-leagues was due to the Mississauga native playing just twenty games in an injury hit 2012. At just 21 however, Pompey has made up for lost time and due a promotion imminently.
His game can be likened to that of Jason Heyward‘s in that the Canadian possesses the five-tool talent required to succeed at the major-league level. So far this season, Pompey has 28 stolen bases (in 30 attempts), 6 home runs, 34 RBIs and a cool .317 average.
The numbers are stellar, yes, but it is his above average arm and speed on defense that poses an all-round skill set waiting to be displayed on the big stage.
The 6’1 prospect was also named to the Florida State League’s Mid-Season All-Star game, with his numbers in the top five for six of the major offensive categories. Those include average, stolen bases (1st), on-base percentage, walks, triples and runs scored.
As the Toronto Blue Jays continue to win and become enthralled in a playoff race, increasingly are they being linked with possible trade targets to shore up their modest starting rotation. One name that has repeatedly surfaced all season long is Jeff Samardzija, ace of the Chicago Cubs who owns a 2-6 record despite a sterling 2.53 ERA.
The Cubs continue to lose and sit dead last in the NL Central and look destined to trade away Samardzija before the trade deadline on July 31st. The 29 year old would be the perfect addition to the Blue Jays’ starting rotation, yet a high asking price is inevitable.
As Brendan Panikkar of Baseball Hot Corner reported last week, the asking price for the right-hander is said to involve dealing away Pompey, Aaron Sanchez and Norris, three of the organization’s prized prospects and something Blue Jays General Manager Alex Anthopoulos has quite rightly repudiated.
Pompey is not alone with regards to outfield prospects for the Blue Jays, in fact the pipeline is rather healthy with the likes of Dwight Smith Jr, D.J. Davis and Anthony Alford. Pompey however is the most seasoned out of the outfielders and figures to be the highest on Anthopoulos’ radar right now.
Blue Jays fans should hope that Pompey survives the storm of trade rumours involving his name right up until July 31st. A potential outfield featuring Anthony Gose and Pompey is simply too good to pass up on.