21-Year-Old Catcher – Texas Rangers
2015 Fantasy Baseball Outlook
The hype around the toolsy backstop has been building for a few seasons, yet he did not advance to Double-A Frisco until the final month of 2014. Coming off a 18-homer/18-steal 2013 season (primarily ...
Alfaro has struggled with controlling the strike zone so far at Double-A Frisco, hitting .267/.342/.435 with eight walks and 42 strikeouts in 131 at-bats.
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Texas Rangers Roster
MajorsAlberto, Hanser (SS)
AAAAsher, Alec (P)
AAAlfaro, Jorge (C)
A+Brinson, Lewis (OF)
AAkins, Jordan (OF)
RookieBeras, Jairo (OF)
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RotoWire's Preseason Outlooks
Alfaro enters 2014 as one of the best fantasy prospects in all of baseball behind the plate, though there are still plenty of areas where Alfaro needs to improve to realize his vast potential. He spent most of the year at Low-A Hickory, hitting .258/.338/.452 but drawing just 28 walks against 111 strikeouts. Alfaro did play better in a brief stint against advanced competition in the Arizona Fall League (.386/.438/.500 in 19 games), and he's expected to begin the year at High-A Myrtle Beach before a promotion mid-year to Double-A Frisco if his production warrants it. There's a 25-homer, 15-steal skill set at his peak if things go well, but 2014 will be a major test for him.
Alfaro's short-season debut went well when you consider he was playing against players three years his elder in some cases. His .300/.345/.481 line looks good on paper, but there are still some troubling plate discipline issues. He'll make his full-season debut in 2012.