May 24, 2017
Deep League Report
The over-under for the number of starting pitchers featured in the Deep League Report each week is 0.5. This week, we have 3.5. Hope you pounded the over. On the offensive side, we have a couple of players on opposite sides of the same platoon trying to take playing time from each other, and a veteran infielder with a good-glove, no-bat reputation tearing the cover off the ball. This game, it’ll make you cry. Seriously. There’s a link to some sincere tears in the NL-only section. Let’s get going.
AL-only position players
Anthony Alford—Blue Jays
He ranked 93rd on Baseball Prospectus’ Top 101 Prospects list and 79th on BP’s Top 101 Dynasty Prospects list. Alford is a toolsy outfield prospect but he isn’t raw—he consistently has posted above-average walk rates throughout his minor-league career. With Steve Pearce on the DL because of a calf injury, the Blue Jays called up Alford from Double A, where he had been raking to the tune of a .325/.411/.455 line in 33 games. The main issue keeping the 22-year-old from ranking higher on prospect lists is his strikeout rate. He struck out in 29 percent of his plate appearances in High A last season. His breakout in Double A this season has been fueled in part by his ability to reduce his strikeout rate to 17 percent. If he can sustain that improvement with contact, he could stick with Toronto after Pearce returns, since the veteran hasn’t done much at the plate this year. As long as Alford is playing, he’s a legitimate stolen-base threat, so place a bid if you’re short on speed, and bid an extra buck or two in OBP leagues.