The D-backs have agreed to a deal with outfielder Dalton Pompey, per Sportsnet’s Jamie Campbell (Twitter link). It’s surely a minor league pact for Pompey, who has acknowledged the new opportunity himself in some replies on Twitter.
Now 27 years old, Pompey was once considered to be among the game’s premier prospects. During the 2014-15 offseason, Baseball America rated him as high as 30th overall among minor leaguers, while both MLB.com and Baseball Prospectus ranked him inside the top 50. In the preceding season, Pompey had skyrocketed from Class-A Advanced to the Majors, hitting a combined .317/.392/.469 with nine homers, 22 doubles, nine triples and 43 stolen bases across his three minor league stops. Even his .231/.302/.436 output in 43 big league plate appearances were impressive, considering that he was a 21-year-old who’d never played above A-ball as of Opening Day that season.
The switch-hitting Pompey had another productive season in the upper minors in 2015 but struggled in 103 MLB plate appearances. Still, the sky appeared to be the limit for the 22-year-old, who was heralded as a plus defender with a high-end hit tool and blazing speed that made him a threat on the basepaths and anytime he put the ball in play.
Sadly, Pompey’s career has been waylaid by injuries — most notably a series of concussions. He barely played in either 2017 or 2019 due to concussions troubles, and a wrist injury limited him to 57 games in 2018. In total, over the past four seasons, Pompey has been able to suit up for just 188 games between the big leagues and the minors — an average of only 47 contests per year. By the time the 2019 season rolled around, he’d exhausted all of his minor league options; the Blue Jays were forced to designate him for assignment in July, at which point he went unclaimed on waivers and was sent outright to Triple-A. Pompey became a free agent at season’s end.
It’s been six years since Pompey debuted in the Majors, which makes it seem like he’s older than he is, but he won’t even turn 28 until next December. He has plenty of hurdles to clear before he can be considered as an option to resurface in the Majors, and the D-backs have a deep outfield mix that’s controllable for the foreseeable future. David Peralta signed a three-year extension earlier this winter, while the Snakes acquired the final two seasons of Starling Marte’s contract in a trade with the Pirates, and free agent Kole Calhoun signed a two-year deal with a third-year option. Standout second baseman/center fielder Ketel Marte is also signed long-term, while backup outfielder Tim Locastro can be controlled another five years.
Still, the D-backs will give Pompey a proving ground to attempt to demonstrate that his injury troubles are behind him. And with a strong, healthy showing in camp and/or in the upper minors, he could position himself as one of the first lines of defense in the event of an injury at the MLB level.
imagine baseball reference labelling your position as Pinch Runner
dynamite drop in monty
Imagine living your life.
Who here would turn down a B-Ref page listing them as an outfielder/pinch-runner and giving their stats in 64 Major League games? I’m perfectly happy with my gig at MLBTR, but 2+ years of MLB service and an opportunity for more? Sign me up. Please and thank you.
Imagine having Steve Adams respond time your comment.
Herb Washington wants to have a word with you.
Pompey is entitled to an MLB pension too.
Hope he starts off hot at Reno and gets called up this year. Reno is a fun place to regain your mojo.
They’ll have take down his name from the Level or Swelligence.
And in other news, no yankee players have been injured in the last half hour while playing cards in the clubhouse.
You might have gotten lucky here Dbacks fans. If he can regain/stay healthy and find his stroke, he can do everything. Hit for Avg and Power, Steal and be a good baserunner, Feilds all OF positions well and can throw
Wish him all the best and I hope he gets another shot at the bigs. He deserves it after all hes gone thru last 3-4 years
Since when has he ever hit for power?
Was just gonna day the same thing.
Say. He’s always been a guy who has relied on his legs, not pop.
Did I say he hit 50 Homers
He has pop in his bat, gap power and can turn doubles into triples with ease
Had he been healthy I have no doubt he’d have been a 20 hr guy
It’s not like he was a slap singles hitter
Pompey’s dad is a helluva dancer.
Pompey has talent. Just hasn’t figured out what to do with it or remain healthy. Wishing him the best.
I too come from a family of dancers. My father died dancing….on the end of a rope (nyuk, nyuk, nyuk).
Dalton Pompey is a great example of how Alex Anthopoulos, especially in that early-2010s period, was absolute dogmeat at drafting and developing position players.
Oh here we go again
Prove Warren wrong.
Pompey is an elite pinch runner. He can’t hit much at the MLB level. He can’t run outfield defensive routes. Meh. Good luck to him.