Heading into spring training, it’s safe to assume Canadian outfielder Dalton Pompey has the inside track for the Toronto Blue Jays’ starting centre fielder job.
This notion would have sounded ridiculous just a year ago. Pompey wasn’t even a part of the major league camp during spring training last year, and he began his season at Class A-Advanced Dunedin.
But a breakout 2014 campaign, during which he moved up three different levels in the minor leagues, allowed Pompey to significantly raise his stock within the organization. In 113 combined games in the minors last season, he hit .317/.392/.469 with nine home runs, 51 RBI and 84 runs scored.