The injuries keep piling up for the Toronto Blue Jays, but that has paved the way for some of the team’s prospects to give a preview of what they can do.
Anthony Alford, who ranked 34th on Baseball America’s recently-released list of the game’s best prospects, joined the Blue Jays in Baltimore Friday for what may be a short initial promotion to the MLB level. Baseball America now ranks Alford, 22, as the organization’s second-best prospect and the 34th-best in the minors, and he was batting.325 with three home runs and nine stolen bases at Class AA New Hampshire. The Jays did promote outfielder Dwight Smith Jr.in place of Pillar yesterday, but outfielder Darrell Ceciliani suffered a shoulder injury in last night’s game and could potentially be looking at DL time. Kevin Pillar’s suspension will end after the game tonight, so it could be just a one-day call-up for Alford.
The 22-year-old was initially selected in the third round of the 2012 draft by the Blue Jays, who signed him for a creative $750,000 deal that allowed him to play football for University of MS during the off-season.
Alford’s wife tweeted out her excitement about her husband’s callup.
Alford, who transferred to Ole Miss from Southern Miss in 2013, played in the secondary at the start of 2014 before leaving the program to pursue baseball full-time.