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.