Anthony Alford CF
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|2019-10-04 14:15:00 (link to chat)||Will Anthony Alford be the starting CF in Toronto next year or is he likely a AAAA player? Thanks.|
(uncasf1 from Raleigh NC)
|Man, I liked him a lot in New Hampshire, three injuries or so ago, I think the tools might be just sapped now. (Jeffrey Paternostro)|
|2018-06-22 13:00:00 (link to chat)||Is Anthony Alford hurt?|
(Ryan from Montreal)
|So without looking this up or doing any research, going to guess 'yes.' (Jeffrey Paternostro)|
|2018-05-17 13:00:00 (link to chat)||Blue Jays have been revolving OFs all season. Barring injuries, who do you see them settling on for the 3 spots this year and next? Do you think they start a youth movement? Thanks...|
(Jim from Kansas)
|Ah, now here's a question that fits in my wheelhouse. I'm all aboard the Teoscar Hernandez hype train after getting a live look at him in Pawtucket last year after the trade. I think his power and athleticism will play, and he should be on the field every day. And while Kevin Pillar has his warts, I'd like to see him continue to get reps in center even though he's hitting way above his head right now.
For the third spot, I think this season should be a Curtis Granderson / Anthony Alford platoon. I'd like to see Alford continue to get big league reps, and Granderson is likely to be an amazing influence in the clubhouse who can also still hit a little ... sometimes. (Steve Pearce should play super-sub and Randal Grichuk should play golf.)
For 2019, I'd probably go out and get an outfielder unless all three of Alford, Hernandez, and Pillar have breakout years. Preferably, it'd be an upper-tier guy and I'd love to see them land Charlie Blackmon. (Bryan Grosnick)
|2017-11-17 13:00:00 (link to chat)||I have not read your opinion of Anthony Alford. I would very much like to hear it.|
(Cole Whittier from Pasadena, CA)
|I liked what I saw from Alford this season. He's a plus runner, future above-average center fielder, liked the hit tool. Should be more power than there is and it might still come. I think he'll be a solid regular if he can ever stay on the field for a sustained period of time. Unfortunately that continues to be an issue. (Jeffrey Paternostro)|
|2017-11-17 13:00:00 (link to chat)||Bat only, could you rank Anthony Alford, Alex Verdugo and Austin Hays, all intriguing, young OFs. |
(Duke of New York from Manhattan)
|This is pretty close for me. If Verdugo can even find 10-15 home run pop it's probably him. Hays probably has the highest upside, but lowest floor. (Jeffrey Paternostro)|
|2017-05-04 13:00:00 (link to chat)||Have any prospects impressed you this year outside of top 100 guys? Or made any changes that you think are worth nothing that can shoot them up any lists? |
(RH123 from Kansas)
|Well, we didn't rank Sixto and should have. We didn't rank Vladito, and should have. But those guys were like in 102-110. Daniel Brito for sure. I liked Conner Greene more than I expected, though the issues are exactly what I expected. Ryan Castellani's stuff jumped in my second look at him. Could see a healthy Anthony Alford making a big jump back up the list this year too. (Jeffrey Paternostro)|
|2017-04-28 13:30:00 (link to chat)||Anthony Alford's dramatically reduced his K% and is still batting .400 at AA. Are you buying him as a top 25 prospect?|
(Seymour from AS)
|We've never had him that high, and he was in the 90s this year, but this is the encouraging start we were hoping to see. (Craig Goldstein)|
|2017-03-17 13:00:00 (link to chat)||Is Taylor Trammell an Anthony Alford clone?|
(Clnbailey from VA)
|Not an awful comp, handedness aside. Alford is another tier up on the athleticism scale though. (Jeffrey Paternostro)|
|2017-02-14 12:00:00 (link to chat)||Did Desmond Lindsay get any consideration for the list? How heavily impacted is his stock by injury risk?|
(Hank from Durham)
|Smith, Lindsay, and Dunn all would have made a top 150, maybe even a top 125. If this was my personal pref list, I could have found a way to get Lindsay on the 101, I don't know he is that far off Jahmai Jones and Anthony Alford as a prospect, but the risk profile here is so extreme. He was a corner infielder in high school, moving to center on the fly, and he's lost a ton of development time already to hamstring issues. And he still only has a short-season resume. A healthy 2017 in Columbia could really jump him into and up next year's 101 though, because while this isn't a personal pref list, I'm not afraid to blow up a guy I really like.
Either way I don't think he is the 137th best prospect next year or whatever. (The Top 101 Prospect Chat with Jeffrey Paternostro)
|2016-09-29 13:00:00 (link to chat)||Between maladies did Anthony Alford show enough this season to keep on his first-division regular path or will staying on the field and moving to the high minors be more telling?|
(Wolf from Erie)
|I definitely think next year will be huge for Alford, but I think he showed just enough to suggest he's the best hitting prospect in that system. Many disagree with me and will say it's Richard Urena, and that's fine, I think it's close. I prefer the upside of Alford. (Christopher Crawford)|
|2016-04-21 19:00:00 (link to chat)||Any idea what is going on with Toronto's top OF prospect Anthony Alford? Heard he hurt his leg sliding into home one of the first games of the season. Haven't really heard anything since. Been thinking we'd see this guy in Toronto in the next couple of years.|
(asarule from Lakewood CA)
|I haven't heard much more than you have on him regarding the injury. Sounds like the Jays are going to play it safe, and given that Alford hasn't seen the high minors it, it will likely be late 2017/early 2018 at the absolute earliest for him in the bigs. (Mike Gianella)|
|2016-03-09 19:00:00 (link to chat)||Which group sucks less?
Anthony Alford, Rusney Castillo, Manuel Margot, Brett Phillips, Nick Williams,Spencer Adams, Mark Appel, Dylan Cease, Josh Hader, James Kapeielian, Triston McKenzie,Vince Velasquez or Blake Swihart, Jon Singleton, Dansby Swanson, Alex Jackson, Clayton Blackburn,Tyrell Jenkins, Rob Kaminsky, Zach Lee, Keuy Mella, Justin Nicolino, Aaron Nola, Tyler Jay.
God these teams are awful. |
(Clark from The 19th Hole)
|The first group, but you're right, but they're both bad. (Mike Gianella)|
|2016-03-14 14:30:00 (link to chat)||Would you prefer Anthony Alford or Francis Martes on a dynasty team. who has more upside and is either a better bet than the other to reach it?|
(Brian from Wis)
|Given my last anser, you probably won't be shocked that I love Anthony Alford. I'd bet on the OF. (Brendan Gawlowski)|
|2016-03-03 13:00:00 (link to chat)||Seriously, with all the hype aside, who has the more achievable upside and likely the better long term player: Victor Robles or Anthony Alford?|
(Kyle from Long Island)
|More achievable upside? I'd have to go with Alford. The improvement in the approach cannot be overstated; his hit tool grade probably went up a grade and a half, if not more. Robles substantially higher upside, but Alford more likely to reach it. (Christopher Crawford)|
|2016-01-29 11:00:00 (link to chat)||Raimel Tapia over Andrew Benintendi and Anthony Alford? Please explain, as I feel he has lower defensive value, lower floor, and lower offensive upside than those two. If you wanted to argue the floor being similar to Alford ok, except Alford can stick in CF. Benintendi seems a completely different class. Thoughts here?|
(CharlieWerner from York PA)
|I think, ultimately, it's quibbling, because we're talking about a 4-spot difference in the rankings, and that preferring one to the other lands in the zone of "reasonable minds differ." That said, I personally prefer Benintendi to Tapia at this point, because I like his chances of sticking in center better. I'm not sure I agree re: overall upside though, as Tapia's contact ability is extremely high, and while I don't think there's significant power on the way, if it does develop, we're looking at an offensive monster. (Top 101 Chat with Craig Goldstein)|
|2016-02-03 20:00:00 (link to chat)||Is Anthony Alford also in the same class as Victor Robles?|
(Martin from Boston)
|Certainly, and I prefer Alford. How quickly he progressed last season is incredible given how little focus he'd given baseball prior to 2015. (Greg Wellemeyer)|
|2016-01-21 19:00:00 (link to chat)||Anthony Alford is getting a lot of hype. What kind of stat line could we see if everything clicks?|
(ED from C-falls)
|Alford deserves the hype, he's an unbelievable athlete and a former standout football player in Mississippi. My BP colleague Greg Wellemeyer was all over him last spring, so props Greg! A best-case scenario would be a guy who has the speed to swipe 30-40 bases at the big league-level. His speed is going to be his biggest fantasy contribution, but he's got the ability to provide a little pop and hit for a decent average too. If he becomes A.J. Pollock that's the ultimate best-case... (George Bissell)|
|2015-09-09 13:00:00 (link to chat)||How does a guy like Anthony Alford get evaluated differently than an equal age, toolsy player who has been playing pro ball since 18?
Does he have a good chance of becoming an impact CF?|
(Brendon from Vancouver)
|Certainly have to keep in mind he was playing a different sport for the majority of his "young development" years, and it helps to understand the struggles. His improvement is pretty amazing, he was a borderline non-prospect last year, and now you could argue he belongs in the top 30. That's quite the turn-around. (Christopher Crawford)|
|2015-08-13 20:00:00 (link to chat)||Best three very under the radar prospects you've uncovered this year?|
(Ben from Baltimore )
|I had Anthony Alford in the preseason (ask Bissell if you don't believe me), I was pretty early on Nottingham and I love Ruddy Giron's stat line. Still kinda limited info on GIron but what he's achieved as the youngest player in the MWL is impressive. (Greg Wellemeyer)|
|2015-07-23 17:00:00 (link to chat)||Please rank these prospects by their offensive potential...Anthony Alford, Victor Robles, Javier Guerra, Jomar Reyes, Jacob Nottingham|
(Festivus313 from Phoenix)
|Robles, Alford, Guerra, Nottingham, Reyes. Really tough for me though in that dynasty isn't my strength and I'm mostly goingg off of other's rankings. (Mike Gianella)|
|2015-07-23 17:00:00 (link to chat)||Anthony Alford is getting a lot of hype recently. If he taps into his natural raw power, what kind of prospect are we seeing? top 25 potential?|
(Ken from Cleveland)
|To me, it all depends on how much of the power he taps into. I can see him hitting 15-20 home runs as a realistic ceiling, but let's see what kind of contact he makes as he makes his way up the ranks before we get too excited. Top 25 is the ceiling, but I think Top 50-60 is more realistic at the moment for the ceiling. (Mike Gianella)|
|2015-07-15 13:00:00 (link to chat)||Will Anthony Alford crack a top 50 list within the next 18 months? Top 25? |
(ayzzya from Left Shortstop)
|Nah, that's too high. As athletic as he is and as much as he seems to have figured out how to use it to play baseball, there's still some work to be done, and he's still more projection than player. A nice one, but not a top 25-50 guy for me. (Christopher Crawford)|
|2015-07-01 13:00:00 (link to chat)||Is Anthony Alford a top 100 prospect next year?|
(Garret from Toothsford)
|Very well might be. The athleticism is through the roof and it sounds like he's made some solid strides in honing it into baseball skill. He's a longer term project, but the raw materials are very exciting. (Wilson Karaman)|
|2015-06-18 13:00:00 (link to chat)||What's up RJ. How high are you on guys like ( and specifically) Anthony Alford? Is there any track record of extremely athletic, baseball limited guys becoming truly successful? Or do most of them just because lost heart throbs?
(ssauve25 from SF)
|1) I don't have any opinion on Alford.
2) Yeah, absolutely. I don't know how their stories compare to Alford, but Carl Crawford, Todd Helton, Gabe Gross, Tony Gwynn, etc. were all multi-sport guys. Teams like multi-sport guys because it's a sign of greater athleticism and/or competitiveness. Heck, I just read last week about how the Red Sox became sold on Jacoby Ellsbury based on him dunking the ball during a random basketball session.
3) I would guess most of his ilk bust, but that's true of all prospects. (R.J. Anderson)
|2015-06-02 18:00:00 (link to chat)||You don't have to answer all of them(or even one of them):
How does Arismendy fit into Chicago's future this or next year?
Is it reasonable to expect Wil Myers to keep up this season's performance?
What happened to Marcell Ozuna's power this year?
What is your favorite thing about Touki Toussaint?
Anthony Alford is this year's Pompey?
(Ayzzy from Jackson Hole)
|I think Alcantara fills a super utility role in the short term and provides insurance in case of injury and or trades. In the long term? Who knows. I've always loved Wil Myers so I think he can keep this up. I love Touki's curveball, it's a legitimate pitch. (Mauricio Rubio)|
|2015-05-26 19:00:00 (link to chat)||Anthony Alford, the former college quarterback and defensive lineman, has an astounding 13 walks in his last 21 plate appearances in Low A for Lansing Lugnuts including 4 in 5 PA's last night. He has only been issued 1 intentional walk all season. Do you think Alford can carry over his solid on base average to higher levels of baseball? Is there any untapped power potential here? Will strikeouts always be a concern? Thank you from the great white north. |
(fightingmoose from Manitoba, Canada)
|Plate discipline generally doesn't disintegrate when a player moves up unless the coaching staff encourages it, so the walks probably will continue. Everything else is really hard to predict becasue he's so raw and there is such a wide range of outcomes. Based on his current profile, he is always going to strikeout a lot, but in this day and age a 30% K rate can play in the bigs. (Mike Gianella)|
|2015-05-13 13:00:00 (link to chat)||Anthony Alford has been a pleasant surprise for the Blue Jays farm system. Double, Walk or Strikeout seems to be the way his at-bats end.
Do you expect that strikeouts to cut down after some more experience, and the doubles to turn into some homers? (I've read that he gets a lot of hustle doubles more so then line drive doubles).
(P.S- That Hoffman curveball though) |
(LouBro from Kanada)
|Some, but the strikeouts are always going to be a big part of his game unless the swing cuts his length and the recognition skills improve. I was a big fan of his in high school and am glad to see he's performing well, though. And yes, that Hoffman curveball. (Christopher Crawford)|
|2014-12-11 18:00:00 (link to chat)||Shot in the dark, Anthony Alford has quit football to focus solely on baseball, exciting? or non prospect?|
(JJ from Detroit)
|Very exciting. The risk profile is off the charts because of his inexperience and overall crude game, but he's an impact athlete with potential to contribute in all phases. He's a very exciting prospect that I can't wait to see more than the one game I have to date. (Mark Anderson)|
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