Travis, Pompey break through together

Teammates have been close since 2013 Midwest All-Star game

Travis, Pompey break through together

DUNEDIN, Fla. -- Devon Travis and Dalton Pompey will be celebrating in Central Florida on Tuesday night after the rookies were informed they have won starting jobs on the Blue Jays' 25-man roster.

Travis becomes the everyday second baseman following his acquisition from Detroit this past offseason. He entered the spring competing for the job, and since that time, veterans Maicer Izturis and Ramon Santiago were lost to injuries.

Pompey technically began the spring fighting for a spot as well, but it seemed like a foregone conclusion all along that he would make the team. The 22-year-old put himself on the map as a September callup during a 2014 campaign in which he also went through all three levels of the club's Minor League system.

"I was excited, it felt like all of my hard work paid off," Pompey said of his initial reaction to hearing the news. "It's nice to hear it from the people who make decisions that you made the team. I felt like I did what I needed to, to show them that I was ready, but at the end of the day it's about them telling me.

"It's kind of like a deep breath. I can kind of relax a little bit, move forward, get ready for the season and know that I'm going to be there."

Travis admitted he hadn't slept much in recent nights and was waking up at 5 a.m. every day in anticipation of Decision Day. The roster moves have been weeks in the making and now that the good news has finally been delivered, the pair can enjoy a well-deserved night out. 

The rookies share a bond that dates back to the MidWest All-Star Game in 2013. They remained in touch over the past two years, and when Travis was traded to the Blue Jays this winter, one of the first phone calls he received was from Pompey. They lived together this spring and with Travis' dad in town, they all planned to have dinner together on Tuesday night to celebrate.

"This is the best day of my life, this is incredible," an emotional Travis said. "It's something that I've dreamed of forever, so when you get that news, it's hard to all grasp at one time. These next 24 hours, hopefully it will sink in and I can enjoy it."

The Blue Jays have yet to finalize their plans for the bullpen, but with right-handers Miguel Castro and Roberto Osuna in the mix, it's possible there will be six rookies on the roster. In addition to the two relievers, Travis, Pompey, left-hander Daniel Norris and right-hander Aaron Sanchez also qualify for rookie status.

Travis has never appeared above Double-A, but he has arguably been one of the Blue Jays' top hitters this spring. He entered play on Tuesday batting .352 (19-for-54) with six doubles and six RBIs in 23 games.

Gregor Chisholm is a reporter for Read his blog, North of the Border, and follow him on Twitter @gregorMLB. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.