Dalton Pompey -- OF – Toronto Blue Jays
Height: 6'1" Weight: 185 lbs. -- Hits: Both Throws: Right
2014 Stats (A, AA & AAA) – .317/.392/.469, 9 HR, 51 RBI, 84 Runs, 43 Steals
Dalton Pompey was drafted by the Blue Jays in the 16th round of the 2010 amateur draft out of Mississauga High School. When he made his major league debut at the end of last season he became just the sixth player ever to have been born in the province of Ontario, Canada and play for the home team Blue Jays. He grew up in a very athletic environment, as both he and his younger Brother are highly regarded athletes. His parents taught Dalton how to switch hit by the time he was just three years old.
His greatest attribute is definitely his defense in center field. Pompey has great instincts and tracks the ball incredibly well. His arm is also very good and is tough to run on. His outfield prowess is aided quite a bit by his immense speed which plays both on and off the basepaths. The youngster is a natural base stealer who gets a great jump off of first movement.
Pompey is a patient hitter who doesn’t mind taking walks or being hit by a pitch. He profiles as a major league leadoff hitter in every way. Though he makes consistent contact, up until last season he hit nearly everything on the ground. But last year he was able to get more underneath the ball and slap line drives all over the minor leagues. His quick rise through the organization was surprising to Blue Jays coaches and front office alike. He had been viewed as an eventual fourth or fifth outfield with speed and defense being his only weapons.
The organization would like to see if he can develop a little more power by getting stronger. At 6’1” the club believes Pompey can drive the ball more than he has at the lower levels. While that may be true, he still has quite a ways to go with hitting off-speed pitches and hitting with two strikes. There are times when he feels overwhelmed and seems to shut down mid at-bat.
The Blue Jays brought Pompey to spring training with full intentions of letting him compete to be their starting center fielder on opening day. When Michael Saunders went down with a knee injury early on, Pompey was all but assured of starting the season in Toronto. For his part, Pompey hasn’t done anything wrong to force the team to change their mind. He’s been working on getting underneath the ball more and it has resulted in more line drives and flyballs. Four of his twelve hits have gone for extra bases this spring.
Pompey would be well served to slide into Melky Cabrera’s vacated second spot in the order but it appears as though they want Russell Martin there. The Blue Jays are very right handed and need Pompey’s bat from the left side. This plus Pompey’s defensive abilities are enough to believe that he’ll have quite a long leash coming into this season. They will likely move him around in the order but if he can get on base at anywhere near the clip he did in the minor leagues, the rest of the numbers will follow.
Coco Crisp – Pompey is a bit taller than Crisp but their games are a spot on match. They are both switch hitters that play great defense and can motor on the bases.
Peter Bourjos – Another speedy center fielder but with a bit more pop in the bat. If some of his early minor league injuries resurface, Pompey would be a DL staple like Bourjos.
Pompey has an average draft position of 258.30 according to the National Fantasy Baseball Championship (NFBC).
He was drafted in the 18th round (245th overall) in the F.S.T.A. Fantasy Baseball League Draft in January.
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