We have seen a pair of Dunedin Blue Jays recently get the call to head to AA New Hampshire. Why should you take a further look at a pair of Jays Prospects?
Today, we focus on a pair of Blue Jays prospects who just recently got promoted to AA, Daniel Norris and Dalton Pompey. Neither one was on many of the major pre-season publications, but we take a look at their 2014 campaigns so far, and why you should consider them in your dynasty formats.
Norris was drafted in the 2nd round by the Blue Jays in the 2011 MLB amateur draft, signing for well above slot to forego college and begin his career as a professional ball player. He struggled mightily as a 19 year old in 2012, and while he did make some strides last year, his numbers were still very underwhelming, other than managing to strike out 100 hitters in 90.2 IP.
Saying that, Norris entered the 2014 campaign with a lot to prove…and so far, he is making good on the reasons that the Jays thought so highly of him after selecting him out of Science Hill HS. Across High A, and 3 starts in AA so far in 2014, he has posted a line of: 1.63 ERA, 1.02 WHIP, and 101 punch outs to only 24 walks in 82.2IP. Everything seems to be checking out with the young lefty – and there is reason for optimism about his future. His stock is sky high right now, even to the point where many Jays followers prefer him to Aaron Sanchez at the moment.
Something to keep in the back of your mind is that the Jays have often been very aggressive in promoting young arms. The Jays are in contention right now and are looking at various options to help their staff via the trade market. However, if they feel that the price is just too steep to pull the trigger, it wouldn't shock me to see Norris making his debut with the big club in 2014, ala Drew Hutchison, who was promoted to the show after only 6 starts in AA (split between 2011 and 2012). I wouldn't make a bet on this – however, its something to keep in the back of your mind.
There has been a lot of talk recently in prospects circles about Pompey, after he has flown under the radar for the past couple of seasons. After being selected in the 16th round in 2010, Pompey always showed the ability to run, but his hit tool appeared to be lacking. However, what we have seen so far in 2014 is a player with great speed (29 for 31 in SB attempts), who is able to reach base – as evidenced by his .388 OBP so far, while chipping in with modest pop as evidenced by his 24 XBH's in 286 AB's.
AA will be a very big test for the 21 year old. He can run – that much is evident to anyone that takes a look at his minor league track record. The real question is how will his bat be able to play at the upper ranks of the minor leagues, and ultimately in the show – should he get there. I'll admit, I wouldn't call him a sure thing. However, as far as high-end speed players go, his bat does seem to check out from what we've seen from him this season. It will be important to keep a close watch to see how he does for the rest of 2014 in New Hampshire. If he can keep hitting like he did in Dunedin, it is not out of the realm of possiblity that he profiles as a top 50 prospect with every major publication heading into the 2015 season.
Both Norris and Pompey are worth adds in Dynasty formats, or even in deeper al-only keeper leagues at this point. Both of them do have skillsets to be potential impact players down the line, and I do expect that both of them will see time in the majors at some point, no later than in 2015. If they are available in your deeper keeper or dynasty leagues, I highly recommend scooping both of them up as they will likely both be included on numerous mid-season top 50 lists.
Do you have any insight on Norris or Pompey? Are there any prospects out there you feel are flying under the radar? We want to hear from you!