Anthony Alford
Anthony Alford
26-Year-Old OutfielderOF
Pittsburgh Pirates
Out
Injury Elbow
Est. Return 2/1/2021
2021 Fantasy Outlook
There was no outlook written for Anthony Alford in 2021. Check out the latest news below for more on his current fantasy value.
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#587
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$Signed a one-year, $566,800 contract with the Blue Jays in March of 2020. Waived by the Blue Jays in August of 2020. Claimed off waivers by the Pirates in August of 2020.
Should be ready for spring training
OFPittsburgh Pirates
Elbow
September 9, 2020
Alford underwent surgery Tuesday to repair his fractured right elbow and will be a full participant in spring training, Adam Berry of MLB.com reports.
ANALYSIS
Alford hit .214 with two home runs, three steals and an 8:1 K:BB in 28 MLB at-bats prior to suffering the fracture. His two home runs came over his final eight games. The Pirates have a somewhat unsettled outfield depth chart heading into 2021, so while Alford will have a chance to earn playing time, he will be competing with a host of other hungry young players, some of whom have not yet debuted, like Jared Oliva and Travis Swaggerty.
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Batting Order Slot Breakdown
vs Right-Handed Pitchers
vs RHP
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#5
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1
vs Left-Handed Pitchers
vs LHP
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#3
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Left/Right Batting Splits
Since 2018
 
 
+256%
OPS vs RHP
2020
 
 
+133%
OPS vs RHP
2019
 
 
-100%
OPS vs RHP
2018
 
 
+29%
OPS vs LHP
OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2018vs Left .227 36 2 0 3 1 .088 .139 .088
Since 2018vs Right .808 44 9 3 6 5 .244 .295 .512
2020vs Left .400 10 1 0 2 0 .200 .200 .200
2020vs Right .930 19 4 2 5 3 .222 .263 .667
2019vs Left .000 13 0 0 0 1 .000 .000 .000
2019vs Right .945 17 3 1 1 1 .333 .412 .533
2018vs Left .322 13 1 0 1 0 .091 .231 .091
2018vs Right .250 8 2 0 0 1 .125 .125 .125
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Home/Away Batting Splits
Since 2018
 
 
+187%
OPS at Home
2020
 
 
+261%
OPS at Home
2019
 
 
+300%
OPS at Home
2018
 
 
+4%
OPS at Home
OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2018Home .740 49 9 3 8 2 .205 .286 .455
Since 2018Away .258 31 2 0 1 4 .129 .129 .129
2020Home 1.113 16 4 2 6 0 .267 .313 .800
2020Away .308 13 1 0 1 3 .154 .154 .154
2019Home .728 19 3 1 1 2 .235 .316 .412
2019Away .182 11 0 0 0 0 .091 .091 .091
2018Home .298 14 2 0 1 0 .083 .214 .083
2018Away .286 7 1 0 0 1 .143 .143 .143
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Stat Review
How does Anthony Alford compare to other hitters?
This section compares his stats with all batting seasons from the previous three seasons (minimum 400 plate appearances)*. The bar represents the player's percentile rank. For example, if the bar is halfway across, then the player falls into the 50th percentile for that stat and it would be considered average.

* Exit Velocity and Barrels/PA % are benchmarked against 2019 data (min 400 PA) and Hard Hit Rate is benchmarked against last season's data (min 400 PA). See here for more exit velocity/barrels stats plus an explanation of current limitations with that data set.
  • BB/K
    Walk to strikeout ratio
  • BB Rate
    The percentage of plate appearances resulting in a walk.
  • K Rate
    The percentage of plate appearances resulting in a strikeout.
  • BABIP
    Batting average on balls in play. Measures how many of a batter’s balls in play go for hits.
  • ISO
    Isolated Power. Slugging percentage minus batting average. A computation used to measure a batter's raw power.
  • AVG
    Batting average. Hits divided by at bats.
  • OBP
    On Base Percentage. A measure of how often a batters reaches base. Roughly equal to number of times on base divided by plate appearances.
  • SLG
    Slugging Percentage. A measure of the batting productivity of a hitter. It is calculated as total bases divided by at bats.
  • OPS
    On base plus slugging. THe sum of a batter's on-base percentage and slugging percentage.
  • wOBA
    Weighted on-base average. Measures a player's overall offensive contributions per plate appearance. wOBA combines all the different aspects of hitting into one metric, weighting each of them in proportion to their actual run value.
  • Exit Velocity
    The speed of the baseball as it comes off the bat, immediately after a batter makes contact.
  • Hard Hit Rate
    A measure of contact quality from Sports Info Solutions. This stat explains what percentage of batted balls were hit hard vs. medium or soft.
  • Barrels/PA
    The percentage of plate appearances where a batter had a batted ball classified as a Barrel. A Barrel is a batted ball with similar exit velocity and launch angle to past ones that led to a minimum .500 batting average and 1.500 slugging percentage.
BB/K
0.13
 
BB Rate
3.4%
 
K Rate
27.6%
 
BABIP
.222
 
ISO
.286
 
AVG
.214
 
OBP
.241
 
SLG
.500
 
OPS
.741
 
wOBA
.317
 
Exit Velocity
79.4 mph
 
Hard Hit Rate
10.0%
 
Barrels/PA
3.4%
 
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While injuries and poor performance in Toronto's outfield afforded Alford some playing time in September, the 25-year-old failed to produce, recording just a .179/.233/.286 slash line with one home run in 16 games. Alford struck out in 36.7% of his plate appearances, fueled by a scary-low 63.9 Z-Contact%, while only drawing one walk in 30 plate appearances. It was a small sample, but Alford's lack of production in the majors last season adds to the skepticism about him as a prospect. An oblique injury cost the outfielder playing time for Triple-A Buffalo last season, limiting him to seven home runs and 37 RBI in 76 games. While his overall minor-league track record shows slightly more promise, injuries have plagued Alford's development throughout his career. As a likely minor leaguer to begin the year with an unimpressive major-league resume, Alford holds little fantasy appeal.
While Alford is a physically gifted athlete, his baseball skills are lacking, and his ability to hold up is still a big question mark. He had trouble putting bat to ball with consistency for Triple-A Buffalo in 2018, striking out 26.9% of the time. Some scouts have a 60 grade for Alford's raw power, but that power has yet to show up in games, and he's failed to crack double-digit homers in any season while finishing with just five home runs and a .104 ISO with Buffalo. The fact that Alford logged just five at-bats with the Blue Jays in September, when they were out of it and in evaluation mode, was telling. The silver lining was that Alford stayed on the field for a career-high 125 games after injuries had limited him to 305 games total in six pro seasons entering 2018. He will attend spring training and could crack the roster, but at this point it would be somewhat of a surprise if Alford were ever a major-league regular.
Alford has been in pro ball for six seasons, but injuries have limited him to only 305 games. As a member of the 40-man roster, he was summoned from Double-A early in the year to make his MLB debut, and played in just four games before the injury bug bit again. He suffered a fractured wrist, which cost him two months and appeared to sap some of his power. Alford, who is built like an NFL running back, slugged .455 at Double-A before his promotion and .402 after returning to New Hampshire in July. He has plus raw power but has never consistently gotten to it in games, and now he is 23 with only seven games above Double-A. He still has plus speed, going 19-for-22 on stolen-base attempts in just 77 games last year. While his 58:36 K:BB was excellent, he is still untested at Triple-A entering his seventh pro season. The tools and proximity to the majors warrant attention, but Alford’s mounting injury history and understandable prospect fatigue have made him a readily attainable asset in shallower dynasty leagues.
Alford came into the 2016 campaign as a highly-ranked prospect, but suffered through an injury-plagued season at High-A Dunedin, missing time due to a knee injury as well as a concussion. He managed to stay healthy during the second half of the season and registered a slash line of .257/.381/.449 with 13 steals during that span. He even earned All-Star honors during the Arizona Fall League. Alford is a center fielder by trade with a decent approach, though he still strikes out a bit too much. He fanned 117 times in 92 games at High-A in 2016, but showed a bit more pop than expected. With 18 steals as well, Alford has leadoff hitter potential for the Jays. He should begin the 2017 season at Double-A, looking to stay healthy and make more consistent contact.
A third-round pick by the Blue Jays out of high school in 2012, Alford has made a slow but steady climb up the minor league ladder. In 2015, he split his time between Low-A Lansing and High-A Dunedin, hitting well at both spots. In 50 games with Lansing, he hit for an .812 OPS with 49 runs scored and 12 stolen bases in 13 attempts. At High-A Dunedin, he posted an .825 OPS with 42 runs scored and 15 stolen bases in 21 attempts. This was the first season where Alford showed off his wheels, having stolen just 11 bases combined in the previous three seasons. With a lot of movement in the team’s minor league system, both through promotions and from deadline deals, Alford finds himself as one of the top prospects in the Blue Jays system. He figures to begin his age-21 season with Double-A New Hampshire.
A third-round pick in the 2012 MLB Draft, Alford recently completed his sophomore season as a defensive back for the University of Mississippi. His immense physical gifts create plenty of long-term upside, but Alford's college football career could get in the way. Assuming he plays two more years at Mississippi and doesn't enter the NFL Draft, Alford wouldn't become a full-time professional baseball player until 2016. He was limited to six games in the Gulf Coast League in 2013, where he went 5-for-22 with a 6:6 BB:K and a pair of steals.
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Officially hits injured list
OFPittsburgh Pirates
Elbow
September 6, 2020
The Pirates placed Alford on the 45-day injured list with a fractured right elbow.
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Suffers fractured elbow
OFPittsburgh Pirates
Elbow
September 5, 2020
The Pirates announced that Alford suffered a fractured right elbow in Saturday's game against the Reds.
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Early exit Saturday
OFPittsburgh Pirates
Arm
September 5, 2020
Alford left Saturday's game against the Reds in the top of the third inning with an apparent right arm injury, Jason Mackey of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports.
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Rewarded with second straight start
OFPittsburgh Pirates
September 3, 2020
Alford will bat seventh and play center field Thursday afternoon against the Cubs.
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First homer with Pirates
OFPittsburgh Pirates
September 2, 2020
Alford went 2-for-4 with a solo home run Wednesday against the Cubs.
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