Long legs, high waist; muscular build, already well developed physically; football background evident from build.
Dunedin Blue Jays (High A, Blue Jays)
Aggressive mentality; engaging with teammates; did not seek confrontation but did not shy away either when it found him.
55, above-average regular
Neutral set up, some pre-swing hand movement but gets into position consistently; pronounced leg kick in load; plus bat speed; short swing, can get rotational at times, at best when he stays up the middle, which he typically does; identifies spin on breaking balls well; patient approach and strong understanding of strike zone; plus barrel skills, consistently finds the sweet spot and hits the ball hard.
Plus bat speed; physical strength; power to all fields in batting practice; game power lagging behind raw power due to limited experience, but no concerns about it's development; swing plane creates backspin, gets carry on fly balls.
4.1 to first base from right side; premium athlete, gets to full speed quickly.
Uses speed well on defense, glides smoothly from gap to gap; gets good reads on fly balls; should be a plus defender.
Average arm strength; not an asset but enough for center field; won't be exposed.
Alford is a legitimate five-tool threat, with average or better skills across the board. He's a plus athlete, as evidenced by his background as a college football player. Despite having split his time across two sports, however, his baseball skills are very refined. He's much further along the developmental track than most two-sport athletes.
His athleticism will allow Alford to remain in the middle of the field, where he should be an asset in center field. His most impressive skill, however, is his hit tool. Plus bat speed allows him to currently get away with some mechanical issues in his swing, including a pronounced load that will be quieted over time, but the issues are minor and are more than compensated for by his innate feel fro finding the barrel. He squares the baseball up routinely and it jumps off of his bat. He's not displaying the power expected from him just yet, but he shows it off in batting practice and his strength and bat speed suggest it will come in time, as power is often the last tool to develop.
If it all comes together, Alford has the potential to be one of the best center fielders in the game. Even if the hit tool or power come in a grade below their ceiling, he should be a good everyday player, but if the bat reaches its ceiling, he could be a key player on a very good team.