Pompey will never forget first Major League at-bat

Pompey will never forget first Major League at-bat

TORONTO -- Toronto's No. 3 prospect, Dalton Pompey, lived out a childhood dream -- on home turf, no less -- in the Blue Jays' series finale against the Cubs earlier this week.

Pompey, a Mississauga, Ontario, native, took his first Major League at-bat on Wednesday at Rogers Centre and grounded to first, but he a plated a run to register his first big league RBI. In doing so, he far eclipsed the 2014 goals he'd set for himself.

"My goal was to get to Double-A, that's what my mindset was," said Pompey, who was called up the Blue Jays when the club expanded its roster to 40 on Sept. 1. "Hopefully, get to the Arizona Fall League, get put on the 40-man. And when I went to [Triple-A] Buffalo that last 10 days of the season, that's when I realized [going to he Majors] could possibly happen, I just have to play well. Now I'm here, and I exceeded expectations. And anything that comes out of this now is just icing on the cake."

Pompey, a switch-hitting outfielder, has rocketed through the Blue Jays' farm system this season. The 21-year-old began the season with Class A Advanced Dunedin before a promotion to Double-A New Hampshire for 31 games. He then got the call from Triple-A Buffalo and played in 12 games for the Bisons before his Majors callup. In 113 Minor League games this season, Pompey hit .317 with nine homers and 51 RBIs. He stole 43 bases, and he was a perfect 6-for-6 in swipes with the Bisons.

With his first Major League at-bat under his belt, Pompey said he's hoping for thousands more, but he'll never forget No. 1.

"I've dreamed about that moment," he said. "It was finally here. In the Minors, you have so many at-bats, but you're always going to remember that first at-bat you have in the Major Leagues. It's what you strive for, it's what your goal is your whole life ... it's the most special out of all them."

Jamie Ross is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.