Blue Jays recall high prospect Anthony Alford from Double-A

PEORIA, AZ - NOVEMBER 11: Mesa Solar Sox Outfielder Anthony Alford (22) (TOR) hits a 3-run homer during the 8th inning of the Arizona Fall League game between the Surprise Saguaros and the Mesa Solar Sox on Thursday, November 11, 2016 at Sloan Park in Mesa, Arizona (Photo by Joshua Sarner/Icon Sportswire)
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The Toronto Blue Jays have officially recalled outfielder Anthony Alford from Double-A New Hampshire, the club announced Friday afternoon. In what has become a corresponding roster move, the Blue Jays have placed fellow outfielder Darrell Ceciliani on the club’s 10-day disabled list due to a left shoulder injury.

It is also worth noting that Alford made his big-league debut Friday evening against the rival Baltimore Orioles. While batting eighth in the order for manager John Gibbons, the up-and-comer started in left field.

Alford is currently ranked as the Blue Jays’ No. 3 overall prospect and No. 1 outfield prospect, according to MLB.com.

The 22-year-old outfielder will be forced to make the jump all the way to the big leagues from Double-A New Hampshire. Nonetheless, Alford has impressed thus far into the 2017 regular season en route to batting .325 with three home runs, 11 RBIs, nine stolen bases and a .411 on-base percentage over the course of 33 games at the Double-A level.

On the other hand, the 26-year-old Ceciliani is currently in the midst of his second season north of the border in Toronto. After originally breaking into the highest level as a member of the New York Mets in 2015, the up-and-coming outfielder has already appeared in 16 games with the Blue Jays, three of which have come this season.

Over the course of just five at-bats in 2017, Ceciliani has hit an even .400 with one home run and three RBIs to accompany his identical .400 on-base percentage.

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