Muscular frame and chest; impressive athlete, has struggled with injuries this season; missed three weeks with a dislocated right kneecap, has also missed time with a concussion; fresh off DL in viewings
Dunedin Blue Jays (High A, Blue Jays)
50, League-Average Starter
Open stance, even, pelvic load with knee tuck, hand load times consistently with lower half; plus bat speed, line-drive stroke, rusty timing off the DL, still squared up some balls, aggressive approach
Below-average raw, flat swing, swing lacks plane to lift balls; strength to generate some carry; should play to full utility at peak given strong hit tool and speed to help extend basehits.
Double-plus runner, 4.12 home-to-first, potential weapon on the basepaths
Speed really plays in center, covers the grass well, good reads; routes lack consistent efficiency, uses speed to help cover mistakes.
Average arm strength, gets to cutoff men quickly, not a true weapon, effective throwing to bases, lacks carry to the plate
Alford is a potential lead-off hitter at the big league level. The tools for hitting success are there, even though he has struggled with injuries and timing this year.