Pompey stars with incredible all-around performance

Blue Jays' No. 3 prospect triples twice, doubles and makes great diving catch

Pompey stars with incredible all-around performance

TORONTO -- Dalton Pompey stole the show in the Blue Jays' win over the Orioles on Friday, combining stellar defense with an outstanding night at the plate to bring his hometown crowd to its feet.

The rookie outfielder make an outstretched diving catch down the left-field line in the second inning and went on to go 3-for-4 with a pair of triples, a double and two RBIs to pace the Blue Jays as they topped the Orioles, 4-2. The triples were Pompey's first in the Majors, as was his third-inning two-bagger.

Pompey, the team's No. 3 prospect, according to MLB.com, became the third Toronto rookie to record a pair of triples in a game and the first Blue Jays player to do so since Alex Rios in 2005.

All in all, it's been a big week for Pompey, who swatted his first career homer -- off Felix Hernandez, no less -- against the Mariners on Tuesday. The Mississauga, Ontario, native has been a bright spot for Blue Jays fans as the team plays out its regular-season schedule with no hope of making the postseason.

The 21-year-old switch-hitter said he's adjusted better than expected to the Major League level, thanks largely to his Blue Jays teammates.

"I think I've gotten a little more confident and comfortable being here," said Pompey. "Since I've been here, the guys have made it a nice environment. They really make me feel like one of the guys that's been here a long time."

Pompey flew through the Blue Jays' system this season, climbing to the big leagues all the way from Class A Advanced Dunedin, where he started the season.

In the last five days, he's shown he can get the job done on both sides of the ball. Blue Jays manager John Gibbons said Pompey, who will head to the Arizona Fall League once the season is done, is a special kid.

"He's very respectful, very intelligent. Carries himself like a pro, and you combine what he's doing on the field -- he's flew through the system this year at a young age," Gibbons said.

Part of what makes Pompey's story so appealing is the fact that he's a hometown guy, raised about 30 minutes from the Rogers Centre. He grew up watching the Blue Jays, and recalls once -- as a 17-year-old -- telling Vernon Wells that he'd be on Toronto's big league roster one day.

Now that he's arrived, he's trying to take it all in second by second.

"It's the stuff I've dreamed about before I went to sleep at night," Pompey said. "Getting called up here and having that moment where they appreciate the effort that I'm giving. I'll continue to try my best and keep working from there."

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