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September 3, 2014

The Call-Up

Dalton Pompey

by Jeff Moore and Ben Carsley


The Situation: With Colby Rasmus slated to hit free agency after this season, Dalton Pompey's rise through the Blue Jays farm system coincides with the team's potential need this offseason.

Background: Known in deep prospect circles as a potential sleeper with room to grow before this season, Pompey erupted (volcano term) in 2014 in a season that has now spanned four levels. His game is still raw, which makes his ascent that much more surprising, but he has continued to successfully handle each new challenge the Blue Jays have thrown at him this year.

Scouting report: Pompey doesn't profile as a middle-of-the-order bat, but he could potentially be a table-setter on a first-division team. A switch-hitter, Pompey will end up being a better hitter from the left side, though his production this season was remarkably similar from both sides. He'll never be a big time power hitter, but he can pull a ball out over the fence from either side of the plate and could hit 15 home runs in a big-league season. Pompey should ultimately hit enough to earn at-bats on a regular basis, but his glove and athleticism are what will make him an above-average player. Pompey profiles as a plus defender in center field and is a plus runner on the bases.

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