Published: Sat, May 20, 2017
Sports | By Nelson Rowe

Blue Jays recall outfielder Anthony Alford

Blue Jays recall outfielder Anthony Alford

Former Ole Miss defensive back Anthony Alford was promoted to the Toronto Blue Jays on Friday, the latest player to make the jump from SEC football to the big leagues in baseball. Sportsnet's Shi Davidi reported yesterday that the team has been debating a promotion for Alford. Before the 2017 season he had never played above Class-A, but he has impressed early on this year, jumping 25 spots on Baseball America's top prospects list.

Alford, 22, has been playing with Double-A New Hampshire, where he is batting.325 with three home runs and 11 RBI in 141 at-bats.

Of course, it's not clear that Alford's promotion will be long-term in nature.

Outfielder Darrell Ceciliani left the game on Thursday after injuring his shoulder hitting a home run, and was placed on the 10-day DL. The Jays are short on outfielders in the wake of Ceciliani's injury and Kevin Pillar's two-game suspension, causing them to need to add a body before Pillar returns Saturday.

The 22-year-old was initially selected in the third round of the 2012 draft by the Blue Jays, who signed him for a creative $750,000 deal that allowed him to play football for University of MS during the off-season. Jose Bautista got off to a slow start in right field, but he's hitting.289/.394/.542 over his past 23 games.

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