Well, despite our wildest and most completely mislead dreams, it isn’t going to be Vlad filling the 25-man roster spot opened by Anthony Alford’s demotion on Sunday. Instead, it’ll be Dwight Smith Jr. getting the call from Buffalo as the game of musical chairs of outfielders continues.
Per the team, the #BlueJays corresponding move to Anthony Alford getting sent down is Dwight Smith Jr. is coming up. Will be active for tonight’s gave vs. Mets— Kaitlyn McGrath (@kaitlyncmcgrath) May 15, 2018
Smith is kind of a forgotten prospect, but he was a first-round pick of the Blue Jays from all the way back in 2011. He’s had a cup of coffee at the Major League level in which he’s produced a sneaky good slash line of .387/.424/.516. I mean, it’s only 33 plate appearances, but Smith has managed to smack four doubles in a limited showing. That said, his 10 strikeouts to one walk is somewhat of a concern.
I wouldn’t read too far into this beyond the Jays wanting Alford (and Dalton Pompey too) to get consistent playing time in Triple-A. Smith is an older and slightly more polished player who’s more likely to actually help the team right now, though he might not have the same upside as those other two aforementioned outfielders.