Blue Jays expected to promote Pompey to triple-A


Toronto Blue Jays outfielder Dalton Pompey. (Chris Young/CP)

TORONTO – Dalton Pompey is expected to join the triple-A Buffalo Bisons on Friday where the Toronto Blue Jays want to see him continue his recent success ahead of a possible promotion, an industry source told Sportsnet.

The 22-year-old outfielder, who scuffled to a .601 OPS in 23 big-league games after breaking camp with the Blue Jays in the spring, slashed .346/.399/.531 in 30 games at double-A New Hampshire with six homers, 21 RBIs and seven stolen bases.

That came after he batted just .209/.294/.253 in 23 games at Buffalo following his demotion.

At New Hampshire, Pompey was reunited with hitting coach Stubby Clapp, with whom he formed a strong bond at single-A Dunedin last season.

Pompey batted .193/.264/.337 with two homers and six doubles with the Blue Jays, who have been using a combination of Chris Colabello, Ezequiel Carrera and Danny Valencia in left field.

Michael Saunders, on the disabled list since early May with a bone bruise, isn’t expected to begin a rehab assignment until next month at the earliest, and there’s no timeline for his return.

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