Blue Jays: Dalton Pompey begins next chapter in Arizona

BRADENTON, FL - FEBRUARY 27: Dalton Pompey #23 of the Toronto Blue Jays squares up to bunt the baseball during the Spring Training game against the Pittsburgh Pirates at LECOM Park on February 27, 2019 in Bradenton, Florida. (Photo by Mike McGinnis/Getty Images)
BRADENTON, FL - FEBRUARY 27: Dalton Pompey #23 of the Toronto Blue Jays squares up to bunt the baseball during the Spring Training game against the Pittsburgh Pirates at LECOM Park on February 27, 2019 in Bradenton, Florida. (Photo by Mike McGinnis/Getty Images) /
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According to Jamie Campbell of Sportsnet, former Toronto Blue Jays outfielder Dalton Pompey is now with the Arizona Diamondbacks.

The MLB Transactions page confirms that Dalton Pompey was assigned to the Arizona Diamondbacks on February 24th. The Canadian will look to rejuvenate his career in the desert after battling injuries and numerous concussions for the majority of his Blue Jays career.

Pompey possesses the raw skills to be an everyday major leaguer, however, he was never able to put it all together during his tenure in Toronto. The 27-year has 64 MLB games under his belt spread over four seasons between 2014-18  with Toronto.

The former 16th round selection is a career .221/.289/.372 hitter with three homers and eight stolen bases in 159 plate appearances. Pompey only played 17 minor league games last season after suffering a concussion during spring training after banging his head off a bat that was above his locker.

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Former Blue Jays pitcher Jesse Litsch responded to Campbell’s tweet stating that Pompey was hitting off him at his facility in Tarpon Springs and looked strong both physically and mentally. Pompey will join a familiar face in Arizona as former Blue Jays outfielder Travis Snider is also attempting to make it back to the majors with the Diamondbacks.

Pompey will be forever remembered for his game-changing speed in the 2015 postseason. The outfielder was primarily utilized as a pinch-runner late in games swiping four bags in five games versus Texas and Kansas City.

The outfielder was anointed the opening day centre fielder in 2015 but struggled out of the gate and was eventually replaced by Kevin Pillar at the beginning of May. Following the demotion, Pompey admitted that the inherent pressure at the MLB level got the best of him as he struggled both offensively and defensively.

If Pompey can remain on the diamond, the change of scenery could bode well for his career, however, he will presumably begin the 2020 campaign in Triple-A with the Reno Aces.

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Best of luck to Dalton in his future endeavors.

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