A look at the fantasy value of Toronto Blue Jays prospect Anthony Alford.

A look at the fantasy value of Toronto Blue Jays prospect Anthony Alford.

The Blue Jays start of the season can be defined by a blister and a calf. Injuries have been a big part of most of the teams to begin this season, but Aaron Sanchez going to the DL for the 3rd time with his blister issue and Donaldson being gone for the majority of the season, has been especially tough for the Blue Jays. With the Jays early season struggles, it’s time to look at some youngsters, enter, Anthony Alford.

Who is this Anthony Alford fellow?

The Ranks

  • Baseball Prospectus: 93
  • Baseball America: 59
  • MLB Pipeline: 70
  • Keith Law: 55

Scouting Grades

  • Hit: 35/40
  • Raw Power: 60
  • Game Power: 40/50
  • Speed: 70
  • Fielding: 45/55
  • Throw: 40
  • Future Value: 50

Alford has great speed and plus power. It’s a little scary that he hasn’t played in AAA yet, but in regards to physical tools, especially on the offensive side, he has everything you want.

The Numbers

  • .325/.411/.455, 3 HR, 9 SB, .867 OPS in 141 PA for AA New Hampshire
  • wRC+: 144
  • wOBA: .393

Alford needs to start converting that raw power into game power. With an ISO of only .130 in AA, the power just isn’t there in game situations yet. We have to remember that this is AA, and BABIP will always be higher than we’re used to seeing. His .385 mark isn’t far from what he can replicate with his speed. If he can continue to be close to his 11% walk rate and 17% k rate, he should be relevant sooner rather than later.

The Analysis

Alford isn’t getting a ton of playing time as of now, especially when playing in NL parks. If he does start to get regular at bats, he needs to be added in deeper leagues and put on your watch list in all other leagues. He is especially valuable in sabermetric and points leagues (OBP/OPS).

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