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Career Summary
Years PA AVG OBP SLG TAv WARP
0 .000 .000 .000 .000 0
Birth Date7-20-1994
Height6' 1"
Weight215 lbs
Age22 years, 4 months, 19 days
BatsR
ThrowsR
2012
2013
2014
2015
0.02016
WARP Summary

MLB Statistics

YEAR TEAM AGE G PA AB R H 2B 3B HR TB BB SO HBP SF SH RBI SB CS AVG OBP SLG TAv VORP FRAA WARP

Statistics for All Levels

'opp' stats - Quality of opponents faced - have been moved and are available only as OPP_QUAL in the Statistics reports now.
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YEAR Team Lg G PA TAv oppAVG oppOBP oppSLG oppTAv BABIP BPF BRAA repLVL POS_ADJ FRAA BRR BVORP BWARP VORP WARP
2012 BLJ Rk 5 20 .253 .214 .274 .317 .000 .154 93 -0.2 0.6 0.1 -0.4 -0.2 0.3 -0.0 0.3 -0.0
2013 BLJ Rk 6 30 .295 .232 .337 .339 .000 .312 97 1.2 0.9 0.1 -0.1 0.5 2.7 0.3 2.7 0.3
2014 LNS A 5 25 .287 .229 .297 .330 .000 .438 93 0.7 0.7 0 -0.4 0.8 2.2 0.2 2.2 0.2
2014 BLU Rk 9 35 .235 .247 .321 .340 .000 .333 105 -1 1.3 -0.1 0.0 0.2 0.3 -0.1 0.3 -0.1
2015 LNS A 50 232 .287 .255 .319 .358 .000 .419 111 6.4 6.4 0.4 -3.7 6.5 19.7 1.7 19.7 1.7
2015 DUN A+ 57 255 .299 .248 .311 .344 .000 .374 112 9.9 6.9 0.5 0.5 4.1 21.3 2.4 21.3 2.4
2016 DUN A+ 92 401 .261 .256 .325 .373 .255 .327 109 0.6 11.5 0.6 0.9 2.3 15.0 1.6 15.0 1.6
2016 MSS Wnt 23 86 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .333 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0

Statistics For All Levels

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Year Team Lg PA R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO SB CS AVG OBP SLG ISO TAv VORP FRAA WARP
2012 BLJ Rk 20 1 3 0 0 1 1 2 4 4 0 .167 .250 .333 .167 .253 0.3 -0.4 -0.0
2013 BLJ Rk 30 4 5 2 1 0 2 6 6 2 0 .227 .414 .409 .182 .295 2.7 -0.1 0.3
2014 BLU Rk 35 5 6 0 0 1 2 5 13 1 0 .207 .343 .310 .103 .235 0.3 0.0 -0.1
2014 LNS A 25 3 8 1 0 1 3 0 8 4 0 .320 .320 .480 .160 .287 2.2 -0.4 0.2
2015 DUN A+ 255 42 68 11 6 3 19 28 49 15 6 .302 .380 .444 .142 .299 21.3 0.5 2.4
2015 LNS A 232 49 55 14 1 1 16 39 60 12 1 .293 .418 .394 .101 .287 19.7 -3.7 1.7
2016 DUN A+ 401 53 80 17 2 9 44 53 117 18 6 .236 .344 .378 .142 .261 15.0 0.9 1.6
2016 MSS Wnt 86 15 19 3 1 3 15 11 24 8 4 .253 .349 .440 .187 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0

Plate Discipline

YEAR PITCHES ZONE_RT SWING_RT CONTACT_RT Z_SWING_RT O_SWING_RT Z_CONTACT_RT O_CONTACT_RT SW_STRK_RT CSAA_CHANCES CSAA_RT

Injury History  —  No longer being updated

Last Update: 12/31/2014 23:59 ET

Date On Date Off Transaction Days Games Side Body Part Injury Severity Surgery Date Reaggravation

Compensation

Year Team Salary
2017 TOR $

 

Service TimeAgentContract Status
0 y 0 dJet Sports2017

Details
  • 2017. Contract selected by Toronto 11/18/16.
  • Drafted by Toronto 2012 (3-112) (Petal HS, Miss.). $0.75M signing bonus.

Previous Year Preseason Upside By Year

Yr Proj 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 2020 PEAK 5
2015out of baseball20.4out of baseball0.32.18

Platoon

SORT_FIELD PLATOON AVG OBP SLG TAv

Definition of multi-year splits

BP Annual Player Comments

YearComment
2016 To say, before 2015, that Alford hadn't quite gotten his minor-league career going was like saying Nicolas Cage hadn't quite gotten his acting career going at the release of Fast Times at Ridgemont High. After six weeks Alford had 170 plate appearances, matching his combined total of the three prior years, but what really stood out at that point was his .439 on-base percentage. With his days as a wide receiver and part-time prospect behind him, Alford has quickly torn off the “raw” label people like us slapped on him when he was taken in the third round of the 2012 draft. His plus-plus speed is present and his above-average raw power is not, but the hit tool and approach that can tie it all together were on display for much of the season. When a team goes all-in and trades its entire farm system, the guys left behind are a mix of can't-let-'em-goes and nobody-wants-'ems. Rest assured that Alford isn't in the latter group.

BP Articles

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2017 Prospects: Toronto Blue Jays Top 10 ProspectsBP Prospect Staff2016-12-06
2017 Prospects: Toronto Blue Jays Top 10 ProspectsJeffrey Paternostro2016-12-06
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This article requires BP Premium accessMinor League Update: Games of November 14thWilson Karaman2016-11-15
This article requires BP Premium accessNotes from the Field: AFL UpdateMauricio Rubio2016-11-11
This article requires BP Premium accessMinor League Update: Games of November 3rdMauricio Rubio2016-11-04
This article requires BP Premium accessMinor League Update: Games of October 26thMauricio Rubio2016-10-27
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Eyewitness Accounts: July 28, 2016BP Prospect Staff2016-07-28
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2016 Prospects: The Top 175 Players 25-and-UnderChristopher Crawford2016-04-04
Prospectus Feature: The Top 101 Prospects of 2016, With Write-UpsBP Prospect Staff2016-04-01
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Baseball Prospectus Book News: Baseball Prospectus 2016 Features and ErrataDave Pease2016-02-05
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BP Chats

DateQuestionAnswer
2016-09-29 13:00:00 (link to chat)Between maladies did Anthony Alford show enough this season to keep on his first-division regular path or will staying on the field and moving to the high minors be more telling?
(Wolf from Erie)
I definitely think next year will be huge for Alford, but I think he showed just enough to suggest he's the best hitting prospect in that system. Many disagree with me and will say it's Richard Urena, and that's fine, I think it's close. I prefer the upside of Alford. (Christopher Crawford)
2016-04-21 19:00:00 (link to chat)Any idea what is going on with Toronto's top OF prospect Anthony Alford? Heard he hurt his leg sliding into home one of the first games of the season. Haven't really heard anything since. Been thinking we'd see this guy in Toronto in the next couple of years.
(asarule from Lakewood CA)
I haven't heard much more than you have on him regarding the injury. Sounds like the Jays are going to play it safe, and given that Alford hasn't seen the high minors it, it will likely be late 2017/early 2018 at the absolute earliest for him in the bigs. (Mike Gianella)
2016-03-09 19:00:00 (link to chat)Which group sucks less? Anthony Alford, Rusney Castillo, Manuel Margot, Brett Phillips, Nick Williams,Spencer Adams, Mark Appel, Dylan Cease, Josh Hader, James Kapeielian, Triston McKenzie,Vince Velasquez or Blake Swihart, Jon Singleton, Dansby Swanson, Alex Jackson, Clayton Blackburn,Tyrell Jenkins, Rob Kaminsky, Zach Lee, Keuy Mella, Justin Nicolino, Aaron Nola, Tyler Jay. God these teams are awful.
(Clark from The 19th Hole)
The first group, but you're right, but they're both bad. (Mike Gianella)
2016-03-14 14:30:00 (link to chat)Would you prefer Anthony Alford or Francis Martes on a dynasty team. who has more upside and is either a better bet than the other to reach it?
(Brian from Wis)
Given my last anser, you probably won't be shocked that I love Anthony Alford. I'd bet on the OF. (Brendan Gawlowski)
2016-03-03 13:00:00 (link to chat)Seriously, with all the hype aside, who has the more achievable upside and likely the better long term player: Victor Robles or Anthony Alford?
(Kyle from Long Island)
More achievable upside? I'd have to go with Alford. The improvement in the approach cannot be overstated; his hit tool grade probably went up a grade and a half, if not more. Robles substantially higher upside, but Alford more likely to reach it. (Christopher Crawford)
2016-01-29 11:00:00 (link to chat)Raimel Tapia over Andrew Benintendi and Anthony Alford? Please explain, as I feel he has lower defensive value, lower floor, and lower offensive upside than those two. If you wanted to argue the floor being similar to Alford ok, except Alford can stick in CF. Benintendi seems a completely different class. Thoughts here?
(CharlieWerner from York PA)
I think, ultimately, it's quibbling, because we're talking about a 4-spot difference in the rankings, and that preferring one to the other lands in the zone of "reasonable minds differ." That said, I personally prefer Benintendi to Tapia at this point, because I like his chances of sticking in center better. I'm not sure I agree re: overall upside though, as Tapia's contact ability is extremely high, and while I don't think there's significant power on the way, if it does develop, we're looking at an offensive monster. (Top 101 Chat with Craig Goldstein)
2016-02-03 20:00:00 (link to chat)Is Anthony Alford also in the same class as Victor Robles?
(Martin from Boston)
Certainly, and I prefer Alford. How quickly he progressed last season is incredible given how little focus he'd given baseball prior to 2015. (Greg Wellemeyer)
2016-01-21 19:00:00 (link to chat)Anthony Alford is getting a lot of hype. What kind of stat line could we see if everything clicks?
(ED from C-falls)
Alford deserves the hype, he's an unbelievable athlete and a former standout football player in Mississippi. My BP colleague Greg Wellemeyer was all over him last spring, so props Greg! A best-case scenario would be a guy who has the speed to swipe 30-40 bases at the big league-level. His speed is going to be his biggest fantasy contribution, but he's got the ability to provide a little pop and hit for a decent average too. If he becomes A.J. Pollock that's the ultimate best-case... (George Bissell)
2015-09-09 13:00:00 (link to chat)How does a guy like Anthony Alford get evaluated differently than an equal age, toolsy player who has been playing pro ball since 18? Does he have a good chance of becoming an impact CF?
(Brendon from Vancouver)
Certainly have to keep in mind he was playing a different sport for the majority of his "young development" years, and it helps to understand the struggles. His improvement is pretty amazing, he was a borderline non-prospect last year, and now you could argue he belongs in the top 30. That's quite the turn-around. (Christopher Crawford)
2015-08-13 20:00:00 (link to chat)Best three very under the radar prospects you've uncovered this year?
(Ben from Baltimore )
I had Anthony Alford in the preseason (ask Bissell if you don't believe me), I was pretty early on Nottingham and I love Ruddy Giron's stat line. Still kinda limited info on GIron but what he's achieved as the youngest player in the MWL is impressive. (Greg Wellemeyer)
2015-07-23 17:00:00 (link to chat)Please rank these prospects by their offensive potential...Anthony Alford, Victor Robles, Javier Guerra, Jomar Reyes, Jacob Nottingham
(Festivus313 from Phoenix)
Robles, Alford, Guerra, Nottingham, Reyes. Really tough for me though in that dynasty isn't my strength and I'm mostly goingg off of other's rankings. (Mike Gianella)
2015-07-23 17:00:00 (link to chat)Anthony Alford is getting a lot of hype recently. If he taps into his natural raw power, what kind of prospect are we seeing? top 25 potential?
(Ken from Cleveland)
To me, it all depends on how much of the power he taps into. I can see him hitting 15-20 home runs as a realistic ceiling, but let's see what kind of contact he makes as he makes his way up the ranks before we get too excited. Top 25 is the ceiling, but I think Top 50-60 is more realistic at the moment for the ceiling. (Mike Gianella)
2015-07-15 13:00:00 (link to chat)Will Anthony Alford crack a top 50 list within the next 18 months? Top 25?
(ayzzya from Left Shortstop)
Nah, that's too high. As athletic as he is and as much as he seems to have figured out how to use it to play baseball, there's still some work to be done, and he's still more projection than player. A nice one, but not a top 25-50 guy for me. (Christopher Crawford)
2015-07-01 13:00:00 (link to chat)Is Anthony Alford a top 100 prospect next year?
(Garret from Toothsford)
Very well might be. The athleticism is through the roof and it sounds like he's made some solid strides in honing it into baseball skill. He's a longer term project, but the raw materials are very exciting. (Wilson Karaman)
2015-06-18 13:00:00 (link to chat)What's up RJ. How high are you on guys like ( and specifically) Anthony Alford? Is there any track record of extremely athletic, baseball limited guys becoming truly successful? Or do most of them just because lost heart throbs? Thanks
(ssauve25 from SF)
1) I don't have any opinion on Alford.
2) Yeah, absolutely. I don't know how their stories compare to Alford, but Carl Crawford, Todd Helton, Gabe Gross, Tony Gwynn, etc. were all multi-sport guys. Teams like multi-sport guys because it's a sign of greater athleticism and/or competitiveness. Heck, I just read last week about how the Red Sox became sold on Jacoby Ellsbury based on him dunking the ball during a random basketball session.
3) I would guess most of his ilk bust, but that's true of all prospects. (R.J. Anderson)
2015-06-02 18:00:00 (link to chat)You don't have to answer all of them(or even one of them): How does Arismendy fit into Chicago's future this or next year? Is it reasonable to expect Wil Myers to keep up this season's performance? What happened to Marcell Ozuna's power this year? What is your favorite thing about Touki Toussaint? Anthony Alford is this year's Pompey? Thanks
(Ayzzy from Jackson Hole)
I think Alcantara fills a super utility role in the short term and provides insurance in case of injury and or trades. In the long term? Who knows. I've always loved Wil Myers so I think he can keep this up. I love Touki's curveball, it's a legitimate pitch. (Mauricio Rubio)
2015-05-26 19:00:00 (link to chat)Anthony Alford, the former college quarterback and defensive lineman, has an astounding 13 walks in his last 21 plate appearances in Low A for Lansing Lugnuts including 4 in 5 PA's last night. He has only been issued 1 intentional walk all season. Do you think Alford can carry over his solid on base average to higher levels of baseball? Is there any untapped power potential here? Will strikeouts always be a concern? Thank you from the great white north.
(fightingmoose from Manitoba, Canada)
Plate discipline generally doesn't disintegrate when a player moves up unless the coaching staff encourages it, so the walks probably will continue. Everything else is really hard to predict becasue he's so raw and there is such a wide range of outcomes. Based on his current profile, he is always going to strikeout a lot, but in this day and age a 30% K rate can play in the bigs. (Mike Gianella)
2015-05-13 13:00:00 (link to chat)Anthony Alford has been a pleasant surprise for the Blue Jays farm system. Double, Walk or Strikeout seems to be the way his at-bats end. Do you expect that strikeouts to cut down after some more experience, and the doubles to turn into some homers? (I've read that he gets a lot of hustle doubles more so then line drive doubles). Thanks! (P.S- That Hoffman curveball though)
(LouBro from Kanada)
Some, but the strikeouts are always going to be a big part of his game unless the swing cuts his length and the recognition skills improve. I was a big fan of his in high school and am glad to see he's performing well, though. And yes, that Hoffman curveball. (Christopher Crawford)
2014-12-11 18:00:00 (link to chat)Shot in the dark, Anthony Alford has quit football to focus solely on baseball, exciting? or non prospect?
(JJ from Detroit)
Very exciting. The risk profile is off the charts because of his inexperience and overall crude game, but he's an impact athlete with potential to contribute in all phases. He's a very exciting prospect that I can't wait to see more than the one game I have to date. (Mark Anderson)


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