Anthony Alford
Anthony Alford
24-Year-Old OutfielderOF
Toronto Blue Jays
2019 Fantasy Outlook
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. Read Past Outlooks
Spring rampage continues
OFToronto Blue Jays
March 10, 2019
Alford went 1-for-3 with a walk, a three-run home run, a second run scored and a stolen base in Saturday's Grapefruit League game against the Phillies.
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He also struck out in his other two at-bats, but that will probably do little to tap the brakes on the hype train. Alford now has three homers in the last two days and four on the spring, to go along with two steals and a .333/.391/.952 slash line. While the Jays' big-league outfield seems set to begin the regular season, and the 24-year-old managed only a .656 OPS in 105 games for Triple-A Buffalo in 2018, Alford's offensive explosion serves as a reminder that he was one of the organization's top prospects not that long ago, before injuries sapped his performance. If he's healthy and ready to take a step forward, he could make an impact in the majors later this summer.
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Left/Right Batting Splits
Since 2016
 
 
+72%
OPS vs RHP
2018
 
 
+29%
OPS vs LHP
2017
 
 
-100%
OPS vs RHP
2016
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OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2016vs Left .243 17 1 0 1 0 .067 .176 .067
Since 2016vs Right .417 12 2 0 0 1 .167 .167 .250
2018vs Left .322 13 1 0 1 0 .091 .231 .091
2018vs Right .250 8 2 0 0 1 .125 .125 .125
2017vs Left .000 4 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000
2017vs Right .750 4 0 0 0 0 .250 .250 .500
2016vs Left 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2016vs Right 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
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Home/Away Batting Splits
Since 2016
 
 
+12%
OPS on Road
2018
 
 
+4%
OPS at Home
2017
 
 
-100%
OPS on Road
2016
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OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2016Home .298 14 2 0 1 0 .083 .214 .083
Since 2016Away .333 15 1 0 0 1 .133 .133 .200
2018Home .298 14 2 0 1 0 .083 .214 .083
2018Away .286 7 1 0 0 1 .143 .143 .143
2017Home 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2017Away .375 8 0 0 0 0 .125 .125 .250
2016Home 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2016Away 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
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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.
BB/K
0.22
 
BB Rate
9.5%
 
K Rate
42.9%
 
BABIP
.200
 
ISO
.000
 
AVG
.105
 
OBP
.190
 
SLG
.105
 
OPS
.296
 
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
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2017
2016
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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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Huge day at plate against Bucs
OFToronto Blue Jays
March 9, 2019
Alford went 3-for-5 with two solo home runs and a double in Friday's split-squad game against the Pirates.
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Flashes power and speed
OFToronto Blue Jays
March 6, 2019
Alford went 2-for-3 with a two-run homer, a walk, a stolen base and an additional run scored Wednesday against the Phillies.
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Summoned to majors
OFToronto Blue Jays
September 17, 2018
Alford was recalled from Triple-A Buffalo on Monday.
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Optioned to Triple-A
OFToronto Blue Jays
May 13, 2018
Alford was optioned to Triple-A Buffalo after Sunday's game against the Red Sox.
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Draws third straight start
OFToronto Blue Jays
May 13, 2018
Alford will start in left field and bat eighth Sunday against the Red Sox, Hazel Mae of Sportsnet reports.
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