The top positional prospect in the Toronto Blue Jays system is getting his career with his hometown team underway, announcing on Twitter that he has received the call from the Blue Jays and will be added as a September call-up.
Hometown kid getting the chance to play for his hometown team! I got the call. So grateful to everyone who supports me! #dreamcometrue
— Dalton Pompey (@DaltonPompey) September 2, 2014
That’s big news for the 21-year-old center fielder, who like Norris, started the season at Single-A Dunedin, moved up to Double-A New Hampshire after the completion of the Florida State League’s first half, and then made the journey to Triple-A Buffalo. Along the way, he slashed .313/.388/.462 with 9 home runs, 51 RBI, and 43 stolen bases.
That performance netted him a third ranking on MLB.com’s second half ranking of top Blue Jays prospects. It also made Pompey a very popular name among MLB general managers during trade discussions at the trade deadline.
There was some question over whether or not Pompey would reach the Major Leagues this season. Jay Blue at Blue Jays From Away made a good case for Toronto giving Pompey a few weeks off in preparation for the Arizona Fall League earlier today. However, it appears the Blue Jays want to get an assessment of whether or not Pompey can make the climb to Toronto early next season, possibly as the team’s center fielder when Colby Rasmus leaves via free agency.
Regardless, it is a promotion that is well deserved for the Mississauga, Ontario, a well deserved return home.