Blue Jays promote top outfield prospect Alford from Double-A

The Toronto Blue Jays are reaching into their minor-league system for help, promoting No. 3 prospect Anthony Alford to the major-league roster.

He won't have to wait long for his first taste of the big leagues, either, as the outfielder will start in left field for Toronto on Friday against the Baltimore Orioles.

Blue Jays manager John Gibbons initially didn't show his hand regarding a potential call-up for Alford, though he did tell MLB Network Radio earlier Friday that he would "love to see" the 22-year-old soon.

Alford, who's ranked No. 62 in the top 100 prospects league-wide, could provide a boost to a Blue Jays lineup ravaged by injuries. In 33 games for Double-A New Hampshire, he's slashing .325/.411/.455 with three home runs and nine stolen bases (10 attempts).

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