As spring training nears a close, Toronto Blue Jays outfielder Dalton Pompey is out of options, however, has the Canadian done enough this spring to break camp and head north with the team?
Dalton Pompey has had a roller coaster career with the Blue Jays thus far, the 26-year old has been injured a half dozen times with an assortment of ailments. The once promising prospect has witnessed numerous other players leapfrog him on the outfield organizational depth chart while he has been sidelined.
Pompey also fell out of favour with Triple-A manager Bobby Meacham last season in Buffalo. The outfielder was sent home and suspended after an altercation with the skipper. Yet the resilient, talented Pompey is still on the cusp of breaking camp with the team after a successful Grapefruit League action run this spring.
In 37 at-bats this spring, Pompey is hitting .297 with a .757 OPS including one home run, seven runs batted in and two stolen bases. The question remains, has Pompey done enough to force the Jays hand to keep him on the 25-man roster when the club breaks camp in the coming weeks?
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The outfield appears set with Randal Grichuk and Kevin Pillar firmly entrenched while Teoscar Hernandez and Billy McKinney seem poised to share the left field responsibilities. McKinney has also been seeing reps at first base this spring and looks like he will share the leadoff duties with Grichuk according to manager Charlie Montoyo.
Hernandez looks like a different hitter at the plate this spring showing much more plate discipline early-on. The former Astro is hitting .405 with a .977 OPS and one homer in 37 at-bats this spring.
If the skipper opts to go with a 7-man bullpen, that could foreseeably open up a spot for Pompey on the roster. The may be challenging if the Blue Jays elect to keep Rule-5 selection Elvis Luciano on the roster. Luciano currently sports an inflated 10.80 earned run average in seven games but the Jays must keep the young teen on the MLB roster for him to remain in the organization.
We will know Pompey’s fate sooner than later, hopefully, the speedy outfielder gets one more shot to make a career of it north of the border.