Former Ole Miss football player Anthony Alford called up to Major Leagues

Published 11:42 am Friday, May 19, 2017

Former Ole Miss safety Anthony Alford is headed to the Major Leagues.

Alford has been called up to the Toronto Blue Jays’ big-league team and will join the team in Baltimore on Friday. Alford, a native of Petal, played for the Rebels for part of the 2014 season before leaving the program to focus on baseball. He finished with six career tackles.

Alford, a third-round draft pick by the Blue Jays in 2012, began his collegiate career at Southern Miss before transferring.

Ranked the Blue Jays’ No. 3 prospect and the No. 62 overall prospect in baseball by MLB.com, Alford was promoted from the New Hampshire Fisher Cats, the Blue Jays’ Double-A affiliate. He was hitting .325 with three home runs, seven doubles and 18 runs scored as the Cats’ everyday center fielder.

The Blue Jays’ series opener against the Orioles is set for 6:05 p.m. CT.