The more he gets to play, the more Dalton Pompey gets to show the Blue Jays what he can do on the field and at the plate. So far, he's sure making a strong impression in his short time with the big club.
His September call-up came as a bit of a surprise, after all he did start the year in A-ball, but he forced his way up the ladder from Dunedin to the big leagues by exceeding expectations at every level. And just like his minor-league season, his time in the majors has been a complete whirlwind.
He made his debut with the Blue Jays as a pinch-runner on September 2. Just over a week later, he recorded an RBI in his first plate appearance in front of his emotional parents. On September 19, he lined a fastball into right field at Yankee Stadium for his first career hit and on his way off the field he exchanged a few words with Yankees legend Derek Jeter. On Tuesday, he hit his first home run in the big leagues off Mariners ace Felix Hernandez.
Somehow, someway, Pompey took it to another level Friday night in Toronto's 4-2 win over Baltimore.
The 21-year-old Mississauga native went 3-for-4 with two triples, a double, and a made great diving grab in left field. He drove in two runs and scored the other two, flashing the all-around game that has the organization so excited about his potential.
He's started in the Blue Jays' last eight games and with Colby Rasmus as good as gone and Melky Cabrera also a free agent, there could be two outfield spots for the taking when spring training rolls around just over five months from now.
At the very least Pompey has put his name in that conversation, especially if Toronto doesn't bring in anyone else to compete with Anthony Gose and Kevin Pillar. Before then though, Pompey will likely continue his season in the Arizona Fall League where he will compete with and against the top minor-league players in baseball.
It's been a dream start in the show for the Canadian kid and it's pretty obvious there's absolutely no place else he'd rather be and he doesn't plan on leaving anytime soon.