The Toronto Blue Jays have promoted Canadian outfield prospect Dalton Pompey to double-A New Hampshire from single-A Dunedin.
The 21-year-old from Mississauaga, Ont., has taken a major step forward this season, establishing himself as one of the organization’s top prospects.
In 70 games this season, he has an OPS of .868 with 29 stolen bases.
His progress has made him the target of trade speculation. Blue Jays GM Alex Anthopoulos was in Dunedin earlier this week to watch him play.
On Tuesday, Fox’s Jon Morosi reported there are “strong indications” the Chicago Cubs would trade Jeff Samardzija to Toronto if the Jays were willing to part with Aaron Sanchez, double-A left-hander Daniel Norris, and Pompey.
I wrote earlier this week there’s no chance the Jays trade all three players for a pitcher with one plus years of control.
Earlier this week the Blue Jays announced that both Norris and Pompey will represent their countries and the club in the MLB All-Star Futures game on July 13, in Minnesota.
Pompey is scheduled to be on Baseball Central on Sportsnet 590 The Fan today at 11 a.m. You can listen live here.