Scouting Jays Prospect #37: Dalton Pompey

The Toronto Blue Jays selected outfielder Dalton Pompey in the 16th round of the 2010 MLB Draft out of John Frasor High School in Ontario. The young switch-hitter remains raw in a lot of ways but he continues to flash some outstanding tools along the way.

Vital Statistics:
Name: Dalton Pompey
Position: Outfielder
DOB: December 11, 1992
Height: 6'1"
Weight: 170
Bats: Both
Throws: Right

He hit just a combined .239 between the Gulf Coast League and Bluefield Blue Jays in his first full season in 2011, but chipped in with five home runs and 23 stolen bases in only 60 games played.

"He's got a good, easy, simple swing that's going to work," Blue Jays' roving hitting coach Anthony Iapoce told FutureJays.com at the end of the season. "He just keeps improving all the time. He plays really good defense. He's got a pretty good future ahead of him."

The fact is it takes even the most advanced young switch-hitters a lot of time to harness their swing mechanics from both sides of the plate and that's even more so the case with a player from Canada who hasn't had the opportunity to get the same number of reps growing up as those from warmer weather climates.

Throw in the fact that Pompey missed a little more than six weeks to start the 2011 season after breaking his hand, it would be hard to label the now 19-year old's season as anything but a success.

"He's done a great job for us," Bluefield hitting coach Kenny Graham said at the end of August. "The thing that Dalton Pompey does is he competes every pitch. It doesn't matter what the count is. He's in every at-bat, every pitch. He's a competitor and that's why he's up here."

While he continues to find that consistent swing from both sides of the plate and learns to handle offspeed pitches a little bit better in the coming years, it's his long-term potential that is not lost on team officials.

"He's a very exciting ball player," Bluefield manager Dennis Holmberg said. "He's got a lot of tools. He can run, he throw, he can get to the ball, he can hit, he can hit for power, and he can steal bases. He made a remarkable impression from the first game he played, and he's got a big league future ahead of him."

Year

Team

AVG

AB

2B

HR

RBI

R

SB

BB

SO

OBP

SLG

2011 Bluefield .191 68 3 1 5 15 4 14 23 .353 .279
2011 GCL Blue Jays .259 158 7 4 12 34 19 24 35 .361 .405
2010 GCL Blue Jays .191 47 0 2 5 4 4 3 10 .255 .319


Batting and Power. Pompey is actually a better hitter than his lower batting averages suggest. A very patient hitter who will work the counts adeptly, the problem in the early going is that he just doesn't face enough left-handed batters to further advance his right-handed swing and that has led him to be a little more uncomfortable batting right-handed. He has above average to plus bat speed, however, and that gives him very good power potential to the pulll side despite his rather slender frame right now. He has a lot more room to fill out though so his opposite field power, which is pretty good for a teenager, should only get better.

Base Running and Speed. Pompey is very fast. He doesn't have elite speed others possess, but he is quite athletic, naturally quick, and he shows advanced base running skills. Anybody who can sport a 93 percent stolen base success rate as he has at his young age projects to be an impact base runner.

Defense. Pompey's quickness is a real asset in the outfield. Blessed with good range because of his speed, it plays a tick higher because of his innate instincts and good first jumps. He has an above average arm too for a centerfielder and the entire package projects him to be above average defensively.

Projection. Armed with good power, above average speed, great patience at the plate, terrific bat speed, a knack for scoring runs at a high rate, and above average defensive abilities, Pompey has the necessary foundation in place to be an impact player on both sides of the ball. As is the case with nearly every young switch-hitter, however, it make take some time for his entire game to come together and maximize his great tools. He has big league 20-20 potential down the road, but it's all hinging on his ability to hone his swing mechanics from both sides of the plate and his continued physical maturation.

ETA. 2016. Pompey is ready to tackle the low-A level in 2012 but he will spend the entire season as a 19-year old so the Blue Jays might be tempted to take it a little bit slower with him right now. Even if he begins the year in Extended Spring Training, he should see some time in low-A Lansing in 2012.


Future Jays Top Stories

\r\n \r\n\r\nVital Statistics:
\r\nName: Dalton Pompey
\r\nPosition: Outfielder
\r\nDOB: December 11, 1992
\r\nHeight: 6'1\"
\r\nWeight: 170
\r\nBats: Both
\r\nThrows: Right
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\r\nHe hit just a combined .239 between the Gulf Coast League and Bluefield Blue Jays in his first full season in 2011, but chipped in with five home runs and 23 stolen bases in only 60 games played.
\r\n
\r\n\"He's got a good, easy, simple swing that's going to work,\" Blue Jays' roving hitting coach Anthony Iapoce told FutureJays.com at the end of the season. \"He just keeps improving all the time. He plays really good defense. He's got a pretty good future ahead of him.\"
\r\n
\r\nThe fact is it takes even the most advanced young switch-hitters a lot of time to harness their swing mechanics from both sides of the plate and that's even more so the case with a player from Canada who hasn't had the opportunity to get the same number of reps growing up as those from warmer weather climates.
\r\n
\r\nThrow in the fact that Pompey missed a little more than six weeks to start the 2011 season after breaking his hand, it would be hard to label the now 19-year old's season as anything but a success.
\r\n
\r\n\"He's done a great job for us,\" Bluefield hitting coach Kenny Graham said at the end of August. \"The thing that Dalton Pompey does is he competes every pitch. It doesn't matter what the count is. He's in every at-bat, every pitch. He's a competitor and that's why he's up here.\"
\r\n
\r\nWhile he continues to find that consistent swing from both sides of the plate and learns to handle offspeed pitches a little bit better in the coming years, it's his long-term potential that is not lost on team officials.
\r\n
\r\n\"He's a very exciting ball player,\" Bluefield manager Dennis Holmberg said. \"He's got a lot of tools. He can run, he throw, he can get to the ball, he can hit, he can hit for power, and he can steal bases. He made a remarkable impression from the first game he played, and he's got a big league future ahead of him.\"
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AB

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2B

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HR

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RBI

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BB

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SO

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OBP

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SLG

\r\n 2011\r\n Bluefield\r\n .191\r\n 68\r\n 3\r\n 1\r\n 5\r\n 15\r\n 4\r\n 14\r\n 23\r\n .353\r\n .279
\r\n 2011\r\n GCL Blue Jays\r\n .259\r\n 158\r\n 7\r\n 4\r\n 12\r\n 34\r\n 19\r\n 24\r\n 35\r\n .361\r\n .405
\r\n 2010\r\n GCL Blue Jays\r\n .191\r\n 47\r\n 0\r\n 2\r\n 5\r\n 4\r\n 4\r\n 3\r\n 10\r\n .255\r\n .319

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\r\nBatting and Power. Pompey is actually a better hitter than his lower batting averages suggest. A very patient hitter who will work the counts adeptly, the problem in the early going is that he just doesn't face enough left-handed batters to further advance his right-handed swing and that has led him to be a little more uncomfortable batting right-handed. He has above average to plus bat speed, however, and that gives him very good power potential to the pulll side despite his rather slender frame right now. He has a lot more room to fill out though so his opposite field power, which is pretty good for a teenager, should only get better.
\r\n
\r\nBase Running and Speed. Pompey is very fast. He doesn't have elite speed others possess, but he is quite athletic, naturally quick, and he shows advanced base running skills. Anybody who can sport a 93 percent stolen base success rate as he has at his young age projects to be an impact base runner.
\r\n
\r\nDefense. Pompey's quickness is a real asset in the outfield. Blessed with good range because of his speed, it plays a tick higher because of his innate instincts and good first jumps. He has an above average arm too for a centerfielder and the entire package projects him to be above average defensively.
\r\n
\r\nProjection. Armed with good power, above average speed, great patience at the plate, terrific bat speed, a knack for scoring runs at a high rate, and above average defensive abilities, Pompey has the necessary foundation in place to be an impact player on both sides of the ball. As is the case with nearly every young switch-hitter, however, it make take some time for his entire game to come together and maximize his great tools. He has big league 20-20 potential down the road, but it's all hinging on his ability to hone his swing mechanics from both sides of the plate and his continued physical maturation.
\r\n
\r\nETA. 2016. Pompey is ready to tackle the low-A level in 2012 but he will spend the entire season as a 19-year old so the Blue Jays might be tempted to take it a little bit slower with him right now. Even if he begins the year in Extended Spring Training, he should see some time in low-A Lansing in 2012.
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