Sooner or later the Blue Jays are going to have to either give Dalton Pompey another shot at playing in the big leagues or trade him to a team that will. Although the time to move Pompey is coming soon, it isn’t here just yet.
Toronto has invested a lot into their young Canadian outfielder, but due to several injuries, there’s a good chance we haven’t seen the best that Pompey has to offer. 2018 is likely the last year Pompey will be with the Blue Jays, that is, unless he’s able to show them another level to his game they’ve yet to see.
Pompey is too good a player to give up on at the moment. But with several other young and promising outfielders, Toronto only has so much room in the upper levels of their minor league system for players on the cusp of being Major League ready.
It’s safe to say that Anthony Alford, Teoscar Hernandez, and perhaps even Roemon Fields have surpassed Pompey on the organizational depth chart. With an outstanding performance this season in Triple A Buffalo however, Pompey still has a means to play his way back to the top of the list of the Blue Jays minor league outfielders. If Pompey isn’t able to prove that he’s the superior player this season to Alford, Hernandez, or Fields, it may be time to trade him so that he gets a fresh start with an organization that has a greater need for a young outfielder.
After the season he had in 2017…first getting concussed while playing for Canada at the World Baseball Classic…then injuring his knee in his very first game back with Buffalo after suffering his concussion. It’s important that Toronto stand by their talented Canadian outfielder a little while longer. At least for the remainder of the season in what will likely be his make or break year with the Blue Jays.