Blue Jays call up top prospect Anthony Alford

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Mar 14, 2017; Fort Myers, FL, USA; Toronto Blue Jays right fielder Anthony Alford (30) works out prior to their spring game against the Boston Red Sox at JetBlue Park. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports
Mar 14, 2017; Fort Myers, FL, USA; Toronto Blue Jays right fielder Anthony Alford (30) works out prior to their spring game against the Boston Red Sox at JetBlue Park. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports /
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The future begins now for top outfield prospect Anthony Alford, as he has been called up to the Toronto Blue Jays.

The injuries keep piling up for the Toronto Blue Jays, but that has paved the way for some of the team’s prospects to give a preview of what they can do. On Friday, it was reported that the Blue Jays called up their #3 prospect, outfielder Anthony Alford, who confirmed the call-up with Jays Journal in a text message.

It was first reported by Jason Munz, a beat reporter in Southern Mississippi.

Alford has been played for Double-A New Hampshire this year, and he’s been off to a great start to his year, slashing .325/.411/.867 with three home runs and 11 RBIs. Alford will also bring a speed element to the Blue Jays, especially a late in the game opportunity, as he’s stolen nine bases in 10 games. The 22-year-old is in the top 10 in the Eastern League in batting average, hits and stolen bases.

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The Alford call-up comes a day after the major-league debut of Dwight Smith Jr., who walked and struck out against Atlanta. The need for another outfielder comes after Darrell Ceciliani was put on the disabled list after partially dislocating his shoulder while hitting a homerun last night. Kevin Pillar‘s suspension will end after the game tonight, so it could be just a one-day call-up for Alford.

Alford’s wife tweeted out her excitement about her husband’s callup.

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The Blue Jays lineup hasn’t been posted yet, but either Smith Jr. or Alford are expected to start the game in centre field, although Alford could see action as a pinch runner late in the game as well.

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