Blue Jays: Dalton Pompey to suit up for Olympic qualifier

TORONTO, CANADA - SEPTEMBER 26: Dalton Pompey #45 of the Toronto Blue Jays hits an RBI double in the third inning during MLB game action against the Baltimore Orioles on September 26, 2014 at Rogers Centre in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. (Photo by Tom Szczerbowski/Getty Images)
TORONTO, CANADA - SEPTEMBER 26: Dalton Pompey #45 of the Toronto Blue Jays hits an RBI double in the third inning during MLB game action against the Baltimore Orioles on September 26, 2014 at Rogers Centre in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. (Photo by Tom Szczerbowski/Getty Images) /
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Team Canada announced their roster for the upcoming 12-team Olympic qualifier and Toronto Blue Jays outfielder Dalton Pompey will suit up to represent his home and native land.

Dalton Pompey struggled with injuries yet again this past season after suffering a concussion in the Blue Jays locker room during spring training. Pompey would only see action in 17 games as he rehabbed himself back to full health. In 64 plate appearances, the 26-year old hit .226 with 12 hits and one stolen base in three attempts on the farm.

Pompey will team up with his younger brother Tristan Pompey on the Canadian roster when the tourney kicks off in early November. The younger Pompey was drafted by the Miami Marlins in the third round of the 2018 amateur draft.

The Team Canada compliment features a number of players with Jays ties including the Canadian skipper Ernie Whitt. The former catcher has been a staple in the dugout for Team Canada on the International scene for a number of years.

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Former All-Star outfielder Michael Saunders will also don the Maple Leaf for the qualifier. Saunders last appeared in the majors in 2017 and is best known for his career-year with the Blue Jays in 2016 where he clubbed 24 homers.

Pitcher Scott Richmond will also join the Canadian staff, the 40-year older hurler spent parts of four seasons north of the border making 36 appearances for the Jays between 2008-12.

Farmhand Connor Panas also gets the call to represent his country, the outfielder was dealt to the Padres in exchange for pitcher Clayton Richard last winter. The likes of Chris Leroux and Adam Loewen also have former ties to the Jays organization.

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Justin Morneau will also make his return to the diamond having not played since 2016. The former Twins MVP spent 14 seasons in the majors connecting for 247 home runs and a career 27.2 WAR.

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