Article Written by Adam Corsair (@ACorsair21)
With the growing list of injuries that the Blue Jays are currently dealing with, it was only a matter of time until they dipped a little deeper into their 40-Man Roster Well and wheeled up one of their top prospects. More specifically, with the loss of Darrell Ceciliani to the 10-Day DL due to a shoulder injury he suffered after smashing a home-run last night in Atlanta, the Jays have promoted top outfield prospect Anthony Alford from AA New Hampshire straight to the majors.
I don't know about you but this is very exciting; albeit, with the understanding that Alford's time in the majors may be extremely brief. You'd have to imagine that with Pillar returning from his suspension tomorrow, Alford would be sent back down to the Fisher Cats, offering the Jays a 1-day band-aid for an extremely short ride with the club. But still! With how the Jays have been teetering towards something of a breakout from their early season slumping woes, coupled with the injuries they have suffered through, having the opportunity to see a highly rated prospect like Alford is somewhat of a treat. With the way he's been performing in the minors - even if it's just AA ball - there's a lot to hang your hat on.
At just 22 years old, Alford was ranked the 55th best prospect in Keith Law's Top 100 Prospects List (Insider Only). So far this season in AA ball, he has hit very well, with a line of .325/.411/.455, and an OPS of .867 over the course of 123 ABs. He's recorded 40 hits, 11 RBIs, 3 dingers, 16 walks, 24 strikeouts, and has stolen 9 bags. Not too shabby.
Don't forget, though - the Jays did have Dwight Smith Jr. called up from AAA Buffalo to supplement the loss if Pillar while Ceciliani was in the lineup prior to his injury last night. The Jays may only use Alford tonight in an "as necessary" role, if at all. However, with how the injury bug has been sucking the life out of the Jays left and right, I can't confidently rule anything out. You just never know with these things lately!
So yeah! Anthony Alford! Welcome to the Bigs (for probably, like, a day... hopefully more)!
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