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Birth Date6-11-1993
Height6' 2"
Weight225 lbs
Age27 years, 3 months, 10 days
WARP Summary

MLB Statistics

2016 PHI 23 6 17 2 0 0 0 1 8 0 0 0 .125 .176 .125 57 -0.8 -0.1 -0.6 -0.1
2017 PHI 24 29 114 34 6 0 5 3 33 4 0 0 .318 .360 .514 93 -0.7 -1.5 -2.4 0.1
2018 PHI 25 108 377 90 16 2 10 18 138 14 3 0 .262 .324 .407 84 -6.0 0.5 12.2 2.5
2019 MIA 26 130 465 113 14 1 18 22 154 10 4 4 .262 .312 .425 86 -6.1 -2.1 -2.0 1.1

Statistics for All Levels

'opp' stats - Quality of opponents faced - have been moved and are available only as OPP_QUAL in the Statistics reports now.
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2011 SPO A- NOR 45 171 .250 .322 .362 .420 101 4.2 4.9 1.9 109 0 -3.3 -0.9 -3.1 -0.1
2012 HIC A SAL 74 300 .263 .334 .394 .355 108 1.5 8.8 -1.4 85 0 -1.2 1.2 -4.8 0.3
2012 PON Wnt PWL 18 66 .000 .000 .000 .362 0.0 0 0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2013 HIC A SAL 104 420 .250 .322 .374 .324 98 11.2 11.8 3.9 104 0 -2.0 -0.4 -7.6 0.6
2013 MYR A+ CAR 3 13 .264 .318 .419 .333 106 -0.9 0.4 -0.2 52 0 -0.1 0.2 -0.9 -0.1
2013 RNG Rk AZL 6 26 .290 .373 .403 .500 92 6.8 0.8 0.1 203 0 0.0 -1.3 1.3 0.1
2014 MYR A+ CAR 100 437 .257 .324 .382 .315 97 4 12.8 4 101 0 -1.0 -1.7 -9.8 0.4
2014 FRI AA TEX 21 99 .257 .320 .390 .311 99 1.3 2.7 0.7 109 0 -1.2 0.1 -0.8 0.2
2015 FRI AA TEX 49 207 .254 .322 .378 .347 117 -2.8 5.4 1.5 90 0 -0.3 0.6 -5.4 0.2
2015 PHL Rk GCL 3 6 .231 .322 .297 .500 96 1.6 0.2 0.1 171 0 0.0 0.0 0.2 0.0
2016 PHI MLB NL 6 17 .258 .334 .422 .250 83 -3.1 0.5 0.3 57 9 -0.6 -0.1 -0.8 -0.1
2016 REA AA EAS 97 435 .259 .328 .392 .347 116 3.2 11.7 7 109 0 14.8 -1.5 -2.6 3.2
2017 PHI MLB NL 29 114 .254 .322 .412 .420 95 6.7 3.3 1.8 93 13 -2.4 -1.5 -0.7 0.1
2017 LEH AAA INT 84 350 .250 .318 .380 .345 101 -10.2 10.4 5.4 71 0 4.8 -1.4 -9.9 0.9
2018 PHI MLB NL 108 377 .249 .322 .411 .406 95 7.1 10.6 6.3 84 8 12.2 0.5 -6.0 2.5
2019 MIA MLB NL 130 465 .252 .318 .427 .364 96 1.1 14.0 8.1 86 8 -2.0 -2.1 -6.1 1.1

Statistics For All Levels

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2011 SPO A- NOR 171 160 18 48 9 1 6 77 23 4 54 1 0 .300 .345 .481 .181 0 0
2012 HIC A SAL 300 272 40 71 21 5 5 117 34 16 84 7 3 .261 .320 .430 .169 3 0
2012 PON Wnt PWL 66 65 6 19 2 1 2 29 10 1 16 0 2 .292 .303 .446 .154 0 0
2013 MYR A+ CAR 13 11 4 2 0 0 0 2 0 2 5 0 0 .182 .308 .182 .000 0 0
2013 HIC A SAL 420 372 63 96 22 1 16 168 53 28 111 16 3 .258 .338 .452 .194 2 0
2013 RNG Rk AZL 26 21 5 9 2 0 2 17 8 2 6 2 0 .429 .500 .810 .381 1 0
2014 FRI AA TEX 99 88 12 23 4 0 4 39 14 6 23 0 0 .261 .343 .443 .182 0
2014 MYR A+ CAR 437 398 63 104 22 5 13 175 73 23 100 6 5 .261 .318 .440 .178 4
2015 FRI AA TEX 207 190 22 48 15 2 5 82 21 9 61 2 1 .253 .314 .432 .179 0 0
2015 PHL Rk GCL 6 4 0 2 1 0 0 3 1 0 0 0 0 .500 .667 .750 .250 0 0
2016 REA AA EAS 435 404 68 115 21 2 15 185 67 22 105 3 2 .285 .325 .458 .173 4 1
2016 PHI MLB NL 17 16 0 2 0 0 0 2 0 1 8 0 0 .125 .176 .125 .000 0 0
2017 LEH AAA INT 350 324 34 78 13 2 7 116 43 16 113 1 1 .241 .291 .358 .117 2 0
2017 PHI MLB NL 114 107 12 34 6 0 5 55 14 3 33 0 0 .318 .360 .514 .196 0 0
2018 PHI MLB NL 377 344 35 90 16 2 10 140 37 18 138 3 0 .262 .324 .407 .145 1 0
2019 MIA MLB NL 465 431 44 113 14 1 18 183 57 22 154 4 4 .262 .312 .425 .162 2 0

Plate Discipline

YEAR Pits Zone% Swing% Contact% Z-Swing% O-Swing% Z-Contact% O-Contact% SwStr% CSAA
2016 61 0.3607 0.4426 0.4815 0.5000 0.4103 0.5455 0.4375 0.5185 0.0000
2017 391 0.4578 0.6189 0.6281 0.7821 0.4811 0.7500 0.4608 0.3719 0.0000
2018 1333 0.4824 0.6099 0.5793 0.7667 0.4638 0.6978 0.3969 0.4207 0.0000
2019 1718 0.4040 0.6129 0.6154 0.7896 0.4932 0.7609 0.4574 0.3846 0.0000

Injury History  —  No longer being updated

Last Update: 12/31/2014 23:59 ET

Date On Date Off Transaction Days Games Side Body Part Injury Severity Surgery Date Reaggravation


Year Team Salary
2020 MIA $595,000
2019 MIA $570,000
2018 PHI $547,000
2017 PHI $
2016 PHI $
2015 TEX $
2 yrPrevious$1,117,000
3 yrPvs + Cur$1,712,000
3 yrTotal$1,712,000


Service TimeAgentContract Status
2 y 83 dISE Baseball1 year/$595,000 (2020)

  • 1 year/$595,000 (2020). Re-signed by Miami 3/20.
  • 1 year/$570,000 (2019). Acquired by Miami in trade from Philadelphia 2/7/19. Re-signed by Miami 3/19.
  • 1 year/$0.547M (2018). Re-signed by Philadelphia 3/18.
  • 1 year (2017). Re-signed by Philadelphia 3/17.
  • 1 year (2016). Re-signed by Philadelphia 3/16.
  • 1 year/$0.5075M (2015). Contract selected by Texas 11/20/14. Re-signed by Texas 2/27/15. Acquired by Philadelphia in trade from Texas 7/29/15 (Hamels deal).
  • Signed by Texas 1/19/10 as an amateur free agent from Colombia. $1.3M signing bonus (Colombian record).

2019 Preseason Forecast

Last Update: 1/27/2017 12:35 ET

90o 57 14 3 0 2 4 16 0 0 .275 .339 .451 104 0.0 C 0 0.0
80o 38 9 2 0 1 3 11 0 0 .265 .342 .412 97 0.0 C 0 0.0
70o 24 6 1 0 1 2 7 0 0 .286 .375 .476 91 0.0 C 0 0.0
60o 12 2 0 0 0 1 4 0 0 .182 .250 .182 86 0.0 C 0 0.0
50o 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000 82 0.0 C 0 0.0
Weighted Mean410000100.250.250.250830.0C 00.0

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2019-09-04 13:00:00 (link to chat)What do you see as Adley Rutschman's trip to the Majors? next year- A/AA, ML appearance late in 2021? Also, is there any former catcher you'd compare him to? Does he profile similarly as a hitter to Ted Simmons (switch-hitter)?
(ironcityguys from urban area)
I got an interesting comp just now from our very own Jarrett Siedler who's seen him. "Jorge Alfaro but a switch hitter and with a real approach?" Don't hate that at all.

The O's are obviously awful and there's no need to rush him. But if he shows any semblance of what he could be in A next year, a trip to AA should be expected given his advanced approach at this juncture. At the earliest I could see him up in late 2021, but 2022 seems most reasonable for me. (Tyler Oringer)
2017-05-04 13:00:00 (link to chat)Jorge Alfaro becomes the starting catcher for the Phils in _month/year_?
(dianagramr from VORGville)
September callup followed by everyday guy in 2018 I think (Jeffrey Paternostro)
2017-04-05 23:00:00 (link to chat)Who do you like more going forward, fantasy-wise: Francisco Mejia, or Jorge Alfaro?
(Jmax from Niagara Falls, ON)
Narrow lean to Alfaro? His power gives him a nominal advantage for counting stat accumulation and general value at the position, I think. That said, they're both catchers, so who really knows?

This tune is *pretty* hot on its own merits? But then they bust out the melodica, and it goes next level: (Wilson Karaman)
2017-03-29 14:00:00 (link to chat)Fill in the blanks: Jorge Alfaro will be the starting catcher for the (MLB team) no later than (Month/Year).
(dianagram from VORGville)
Jorge Alfaro will be the starting catcher for the Philadelphia Phillies no later than April 1, 2018. (Trevor Strunk)
2017-02-13 20:00:00 (link to chat)Will Rupp hold his spot all year? Was last year a fluke?
(Benni from ....?)
I don't think last year was a fluke for Rupp. He hits the ball hard and his exit velocity stats show it. I don't think Rupp will lose the job to Andrew Knapp, his presumptive backup. Jorge Alfaro could take it if he dominates at Triple-A, but that seems unlikely. Alfaro has immense tools and ability but has taken a while to adjust at each level. I don't think Alfaro is seriously pushing for a major league job until 2018. (Scooter Hotz)
2016-06-20 16:00:00 (link to chat)Who is the best team you have seen in your scouting life?
(Larry from NC)
I will preface this by saying that I have not been scouting for that long. I have probably been unaware of the talent of other teams while at games.

But I will say 2014 Myrtle Beach Pelicans. I did my summer internship down there and attended far too many games. Here are the major leaguers from that team: Joey Gallo, Cody Ege, Odubel Herrera, Hanser Alberto, Alexander Claudio, Keone Kela, Chi Chi Gonzalez, Andrew Faulkner, Abel De Los Santos.

While these guys are not in the big leagues yet, they will be soon: Nick Williams, Lewis Brinson, Chris Bostick, Jorge Alfaro, Ryan Cordell, Jose LeClerc, Samuel Wolff

And some other interesting guys with value: Preston Beck, Victor Payano, Kellin Deglan, Michael De Leon, Christopher Garia, Chad Bell

Man was that team loaded... (Steve Givarz)
2016-04-21 19:00:00 (link to chat)Any minor leaguers who have seen their expected 2016 MLB production rise through the first three weeks, either due to high performance or changes in MLB opportunities?
(Sky from The Roc)
Jesse Winker is the guy who looks like he'll be up earlier based on early performance. Jorge Alfaro has been great, but I can't see the Phillies rushing him based on early performance. J.P. Crawford's walk rate is encouraging, and could push him up a little earlier if the Phils aren't worried about service time. (Mike Gianella)
2015-09-15 13:00:00 (link to chat)With Andrew Knapp's good season, and Jorge Alfaro coming over in the Hamels trade, who do you think the catcher of the future is for the Phillies?
(Jake from Philadelphia)
Well, I think there's a strong chance it's neither guy, but they both have a shot. Dealing with Knapp first, I don't know he does enough with the glove or bat to profile as an everyday player. He's solid on both ends and he'll play in the bigs, but he's a below average defender who doesn't throw well (though I saw better from his as an amateur, pre-TJ). He's got some pop, but for me he's kind of straddling that line of offensive minded backup catcher... and that's a tough nut to crack. Alfaro I really don't have a lot of history with, but I've encountered more and more people who don't think he will catch. If so, he might just be a solid RF type. I like to phrase things in the context of how I would do things rather than what I think teams will do... I'd want a better defender for my everyday catcher of the future. (Al Skorupa)
2015-07-28 18:00:00 (link to chat)Who is more likely to have the highest impact at the major league level? Rusney Castillo or Jorge Alfaro?
(OKC from OKC)
Alfaro's had a rough developmental ride through the minors but you know, I'll still buy in on his upside. Reports I've heard have me believing that he can stick at catcher where his impact will be much greater. (Mauricio Rubio)
2015-07-30 13:00:00 (link to chat)Good day to you sir, Jeff! Thaks for the chat as always! Please enlighten this National leaguecentic guy as to the haul of prospects the Phillies acquired for Hamels. Only name I was aware of before the draft is Jorge Alfaro, my limited knowledge was that he has a good hitting tool, with some very nice pop, catcher Nick Williams is new name for me, I hear he is a toolsy outfielder, How do you see the prospects projecting for the Phillies 2016 and beyond, specifically the two I mentioned, also the other guys? Also do yo buy into that medicals issue regarding Gomez's hip or do you also feel that was just buyers remorse by the Mets? Thanks again! Keep rockin' it!
(Dragonbreath from Gurnee IL)
Alfaro can really hit (and throw!) but there are big questions about his ability to barrel the ball. He K's a lot and some wonder if he'll hit enough to get to that power. That said, the bar is super low for catchers.

Williams is a guy that I really like. He's shown continued improvement with the bat and most scouts I've talked to think he'll hit. The issue Williams faces is that he's a corner outfield guy, so there's a hig bar for him to clear.

Also, send a tweet to Kate Morrison from our prospect team, she knows the Texas system better than just about anyone: (Jeff Long)
2015-07-06 13:00:00 (link to chat)Did injuries to Hunter Harvey and Jorge Alfaro ding their rankings? Could they have been higher if healthy?
(edwar288 from Minneapolis, MN)
More so for Harvey than Alfaro because Harvey hasn't played all season. The developmental time missed by Alfaro is big though, as he needs all the at-bats and defensive reps he can get. Staying on the field always gives a player an opportunity to make a stronger case for himself, so yes they both could have been higher. It don't cost them too many spots though. (Jeff Moore)
2015-06-30 19:00:00 (link to chat)I can't seem to find any updates on Jorge Alfaro since June 12th, when a ton of outlets reported he "might be out for the season." Have you guys heard anything?
(Zebraheaded from Boston)
Still the same story from what I have seen as well. It sounds like the Rangers are being really cautious and not ready to make a decision, which given Alfaro's value makes sense. If I had to guess he won't be back until August at the earliest, but I'm just guessing. I think he might miss the season. (Mike Gianella)
2015-03-25 19:00:00 (link to chat)Did you get a look at Joey Gallo and/or Jorge Alfaro? Any thoughts?
(Or Moyal from Dallas)
Gallo is an absolute animal. The strides he's made in the last 18 months are extremely impressive. He's got a plan at the plate, and if you make a mistake, it's going to hit someone in another county. His contact to damage ratio may be unparalleled to anyone in the game right now.

Alfaro is still very aggressive at the plate, but again, people are starting to get prospect fatigue with him. Parks has been talking about him since he came out of the womb it seems like, but it's easy to forget that he's old enough to have been a draft-eligible junior last year. The tools are off the charts, and although the ceiling is somewhat lowered, he still could be a 6 behind the plate. (Jordan Gorosh)
2015-01-15 18:00:00 (link to chat)What kind of player do you think Jorge Alfaro will end up becoming?
(Matthew from Austin TX)
As has been well documented, there's still a ton of risk in Alfaro's game, despite the developmental progress he's made the last couple of years. In the end, I think he becomes an above-average catcher at the Major League level, and I still think there's a reasonable chance he's at least an occasional All-Star. (Mark Anderson)
2015-02-12 19:00:00 (link to chat)Rank (A) the three best sides for a plate of barbecue ribs, and (B) the catcher with the best chance of starting 800 games behind the plate between Austin hedges, Jorge Alfaro and Blake Swihart.
(Or Moyal from Dallas)
(A) A fork, a napkin, pickles. Of course, some places have some pretty great mac & cheese, or beans, or slaw, or sauce, but truly great barbecue should be able to be enjoyed on its lonesome, or at the most with some cheap bread. (B) 800 games, career? That puts you into the Molina/Torrealba range, something perfectly reasonable to expect from someone who breaks into the majors specifically as a catcher. Hedges, if the bat allows him to put the glove to good use, has a good chance to do more than that, if he can stay healthy. To me, Alfaro is most likely to clock the fewest number of games behind the plate, due to both some historical injury concerns, and the fact that as of right now he's just not that solid back there. I haven't seen Swihart personally, like I have Hedges or Alfaro, but from what I understand he's also a solid candidate to hit 800 or more games caught. (Kate Morrison)
2014-11-24 13:00:00 (link to chat)Nick - Love the lists so far. By the way, I'm camouflaged in a tree about 100 yards out. Which prospect to date best compares to my most worthy opponent, Major Alan "Dutch" Schaefer?
(The Predator from The Jungle)
Jorge Alfaro -- physical and dynamic, with the ability to defeat and dominate in all facets. Plus, just enough flaws for adversaries to underestimate him. (NL Central Top 10s With Nick Faleris)
2014-10-31 13:00:00 (link to chat)Tucker, how productive do you think Nick Williams can be at the MLB level, and is Jorge Alfaro the real McCoy behind the dish? Thanks!
(chopper from indy)
Nick Williams is likely not hitting .300, because he swings at basically everything. I am a known advocate of Williams, but that does not mean that I endorse his complete lack of approach at the plate. However, it's been a long year and I've seen him plenty this season. I'm not worried about the AFL mess he has currently. I think Williams can be a .260-270 20HR type in his peak, but the risk is still evident. Can he cut back on the swing-and-miss enough? Swinging at a ball in the dirt or 2 feet outside will cause issues.

Jorge Alfaro is an enigma. Athletic for a catcher and runs like a bulldozer, but his game is often too violent. I remain pessimistic about his chances to consistently player behind the plate, but what if he is a Mike Napoli type? I think the bat is fine, and he will need to just lessen the aggressiveness and violence in his swing. He gets those hips turning and sometimes he flies all over the place and loses his swing mechanics. (Tucker Blair)
2014-10-09 15:00:00 (link to chat)What are your thoughts on Jorge Alfaro's progress?
(Jim from Boston)
He's now in his 'man' body. It should be interesting to see what happens next season, as I think he may be around for a late arrival for 2015. But, he's still very young and at a demanding position. He's going to take his lumps in the high minors a bit, as some of the aggression may get the better of him. Yet, he possesses skills that very few players have to offer. (Jordan Gorosh)
2014-09-10 12:00:00 (link to chat)Chris Mellen had a good write-up on Francisco Mejia today. Is he the best catching prospect behind Blake Swihart, Austin Hedges, and Jorge Alfaro?
(Shawnykid23 from CT)
Excellent write-up. Mellen is terrific, and people are going to begin seeing more of that down the road.

I have not seen Mejia yet, but I think he has a chance to slip in somewhere behind them. (Tucker Blair)
2014-09-03 14:00:00 (link to chat)Your starting a team and can pick 1 catching propsect- Austin Hedges, Jorge Alfaro, or Blake Swihart- who you taking?
(Shawn from Cubicle)
Going to go with Alfaro just because of sheer upside. Hedges is right behind, but Alfaro does some stuff on a baseball field that humans just should not be able. (Jordan Gorosh)
2014-08-15 14:00:00 (link to chat)what do you predict would be the ETA for Jorge Alfaro in Arlington, and is Robert Stephenson going to be top-of-rotation starter?
(chopper from indy)
I'm not super familiar with Alfaro but I can say that, as a Double-A catcher, he's probably got a fair bit of development time left. As for Stephenson, well, it doesn't matter who the name is attached to that question, the safe answer is no. (Matthew Kory)
2014-08-08 13:00:00 (link to chat)Jorge Alfaro is holding his own at AA so far in a very small sample. Any chance he gets called up at some point next year?
(Jim from Houston)
There's a chance, though given their patience in calling him up to Double-A, I think they give him an extended run there, and some time at Triple-A. Focus more on 2016. (Craig Goldstein)
2014-08-04 13:00:00 (link to chat)Jorge Alfaro promoted to Frisco. Will the Roughriders need a restraining order on Jason Parks?
(Steve from NJ)
If Parks didn't get to him in Hickory or Myrtle Beach, it'll be tough to get to him in Frisco. In general, most prospects should have a restraining order against Parks anyway, just to be safe. (Jeff Moore)
2014-07-07 11:00:00 (link to chat)amigo, un abrazo desde colombia, que progresos ve de JORGE ALFARO y si usted cree que ya el debe estar en AA, y cuando podria estar dando el sanlto a grandes ligas. gracias
(jalsaur9 from colombia)
Hola mi amigo de Colombia. Creo Alfaro tiene que mostrar mayor coherencia en el campo. Futuro muy brillante. Pero tiene que empezar a mostrar más con el bate. Cuidate-- Lo mejor (Jason Parks on the Top 50)
2014-07-08 13:00:00 (link to chat)How would you rank Kevin Plawecki, Blake Swihart, Jorge Alfaro, and Kyle Schwarber offensively? Also, Who on that list should be starting by this time next season? Cheers
(Jim from Kansas)
In terms of ceiling, I think Alfaro has the highest overall offensive ceiling of that group, followed by Schwarber, Swihart and Plawecki. That said, Alfaro also comes with arguably the greatest risk in his offensive profile, so that has to be taken into account as well. I'm a pretty big believer in Alfaro, so I tend to think even if he doesn't reach his ceiling, he is still going to be an impactful offensive player.

I'm not sure any of these four guys are good bets to be starting in the Major Leagues by this time next year. Swihart and Plawecki would be the most likely bets, but I wouldn't put money on either one at this point in time. (Mark Anderson)
2014-07-08 13:00:00 (link to chat)Do you see Jorge Alfaro as a potential first-division or all-star player?
(childgrambino from Richmond, VA)
I think Alfaro is going to eventually blossom into one of the best catchers in the game today. He's going to take time, particularly when he first faces the challenges of the upper minor league levels and the Major Leagues, but his talent is so compelling that I think it ultimately comes together. (Mark Anderson)
2014-06-16 13:00:00 (link to chat)Jorge Alfaro's batting average isn't great this year, but he seems to be doing everything else pretty well. What are your thoughts on his future?
(Jim from Houston)
Alfaro is another guy where there is a gap between the tools and the production thanks to the lack of plate discipline, yet his production is still pretty good. That should speak to where his tools are. If it all comes together, we'll have a stud. As it is, we're almost guaranteed to have a catcher who hits for above-avearge power, runs well, and has a hose. (Jeff Moore)
2014-05-13 11:00:00 (link to chat)Do you think Jorge Alfaro will be a top 20 prospect in the game by next season?
(nubber from tx)
If he continues to progress with his development, yes, its entirely possible. His tool-based ceiling could make him a top 5 talent in the minors if he really pops. He's a power hitting catcher with a motherfucker arm. Those are unicorns. (Jason Parks)
2014-05-13 11:00:00 (link to chat)Here is the passage that darkwarriorblake removed from Wikipedia's Die Hard plot: After being called a common thief, Gruber remarks that he is an exceptional thief. But even an exceptional thief would get thrown out at second by Jorge Alfaro. If only people asked you more fantasy questions!
(Steve from Nakatomi Plaza)
I love my job (Jason Parks)
2014-05-05 13:00:00 (link to chat)Supposedly Nick Williams has the best hit tool in the Rangers' system but there has been no talk of him so far this year. All the talk has been on Gallo. Has Williams' shine worn off to where he is an average prospect now and Gallo ranks above him?
(Louis from At The Park (mentally))
In today's Ten-Pack...

...Tucker Blair said that he thinks Williams has the best hit tool of him, Gallo and Jorge Alfaro, so I wouldn't say the shine has worn off. It's just hard to get noticed when you're surrounded by 80-grade tools. (Jeff Moore)
2014-05-05 13:00:00 (link to chat)With the Rangers lacking catching situation, do you think Jorge Alfaro's ETA might be pushed up a bit? When do you think he'll be in the big leagues?
(nubber from tx)
No, rushing a prospect with almost a 5-to-1 K:BB ratio to the majors would be a complete disaster. He needs time. (Jeff Moore)
2014-04-15 13:00:00 (link to chat)What's your best guess on the first date of Major Leaue ABs for Clint Frazier and Jorge Alfaro? thanks!
(conjoinedtwins from Quebec)
Frazier will require at least a couple of years in the minor leagues, possibly more. I think you're looking at 2016 at the earliest.

Alfaro very well could debut this year, but won't make it far into the 2015 season before he debuts. (Mark Anderson)
2014-04-15 13:00:00 (link to chat)In a shallow minor league system would you rather own Jorge Alfaro or Joey Gallo?
(CharlieWerner from Manayunk PA)
Wow, that's tough. You can make a case for the impact player at a premium defensive position, or you can make an equal case for the massive raw of Gallo. If it's a shallow system, give me the guy that can defend at a premium position and has the potential to be really good offensively as well. (Mark Anderson)
2014-04-01 13:00:00 (link to chat)Hey Prof, if you would be so kind as to rank these three catchers for future impact as hitters only: Jorge Alfaro, Gary Sanchez, Blake Swihart. thank you.
(CyMature from Cooperstown Retirement Home)
Alfaro, Sanchez, and Swihart. When it comes to all-around game, I'd go Alfaro, Swihart, and Sanchez (Jason Parks)
2014-04-01 13:00:00 (link to chat)Right now who's your favorite prospect to watch play baseball?
(Tony from Work)
My favorite prospect to watch his spring was Padres IF Josh Van Meter just because he got a hit in just about every AB I saw--and I saw a lot of his ABs. Jorge Alfaro has been my favorite prospect to watch for a long time be because he can show impact tools on all sides of the ball, and at some point in each game, will do something on the field that makes you say, "Holy shit!" (Jason Parks)
2014-04-03 19:30:00 (link to chat)Does Francisco Mejia project as a Jorge Alfaro style player (minus the speed) or are his offensive tools lacking that sort of projection?
(kfazio from WV)
Playing fast and loose with comps... yeah. He's got a lot of tools and can be a force on defense and offense. He's currently got good speed as well, but Alfaro is several levels ahead so don't go crazy about Mejia just yet (he says hypocritically). (Craig Goldstein)
2014-03-19 20:00:00 (link to chat)NL dynasty leagues.... Name 1 catcher and future closer who will start in minors with big upside
(DB from Pittsburgh)
Jorge Alfaro and Jake Barrett. (Bret Sayre)
2014-03-04 13:00:00 (link to chat)Who has the better chance of sticking at catcher: Gary Sanchez or Jorge Alfaro? Do you think either will long term?
(Damon from Louisville)
If you look at what our Prospectus writers have to say, Sanchez seems less likely to stick behind the plate. My reading of the tea leaves is Alfaro should be behind the plate and eventually in the majors. Sanchez is less likely for both. (Harry Pavlidis)
2014-03-04 13:00:00 (link to chat)Who has the better chance of sticking at catcher: Gary Sanchez or Jorge Alfaro? Do you think either will long term?
(Damon from Louisville)
If you look at what our Prospectus writers have to say, Sanchez seems less likely to stick behind the plate. My reading of the tea leaves is Alfaro should be behind the plate and eventually in the majors. Sanchez is less likely for both. (Harry Pavlidis)
2014-03-17 13:00:00 (link to chat)In a 20 team $260 cap dynasty league would you give up Gyorko at $5 for the rest of the year and you can extend him for as long as you want for $5 more each year for Gausman or Zimmer and Jorge Alfaro? If so which combination?
(Lodi from California)
I have no idea how to answer this. I've never done an auction league. Consult the Bat Signal. Those guys know all the different fantasy formats. (Jeff Moore)
2014-03-17 13:00:00 (link to chat)Will Jorge Alfaro hit enough to reach his ceiling (or close to it)?
(Shawnykid23 from CT)
If we knew if prospects would hit enough to reach their ceilings, none of this would be any fun. What we can say with some confidence, however, is that Alfaro has enough power potential to be an above-average bat behind the plate, regardless of whether he hits .230 or .280. The difference between those two is what will determine whether he becomes Jared Saltalamaccia or Brian McCann. (Jeff Moore)
2014-02-26 19:00:00 (link to chat)Jorge Alfaro or Gary Sanchez - who is the more valuable fantasy player in 3 years?
(Frank from Lexington)
Gary Sanchez just based on ceiling. (Mauricio Rubio)
2014-03-03 13:00:00 (link to chat)If both are still catching, who is the better player in three years: Gary Sanchez or Jorge Alfaro?
(Dave from Lexington)
Alfaro. Not even close for me. (Jason Parks on the Completed Prospect Rankings)
2014-01-27 13:00:00 (link to chat)A few prospects that blow up the rankings next year.
(Wade from Road House bar)
Alex Reyes, David Dahl, Francisco Mejia ,Jose Martinez, Luiz Gohara, Edwin Diaz, Jorge Alfaro, Reese McGuire, Jose Ortiz (Jason Parks on the Top 101 Prospects)
2014-02-11 13:00:00 (link to chat)Do you think Jorge Alfaro lives up to the hype and becomes a star MLB catcher. I wonder, especially after the remarks that Paul Sporer made about about Alfaro.
(cracker73 from Florida)
I don't ever second guess prospect writers. They know more and care more. (Sam Miller)
2014-01-29 19:00:00 (link to chat)I have 5 dynasty league minor league slots, the first 4 are filled by Javier Baez, Miguel Sano, Kris Bryant, and Gregory Polanco. Who should I choose for my last spot between Clint Frazier and Jorge Alfaro?
(CharlieWerner from Manayunk PA)
I have them ranked fairly closely to one another. I'll say Frazier, but barely. (Ben Carsley)
2014-02-10 13:00:00 (link to chat)Thoughts on the Pirates 3 catching prospects: Mathisen, McGuire, and Jhang, which one wins out and why?
(Dave from Pittsburgh from Boston)
McGuire is head and shoulders ahead of the other two, though the other two are prospects in their own right. McGuire is going to make a leap this year and will be the best catching prospect in baseball as soon as Hedges and Jorge Alfaro graduate to the majors. His makeup is off the charts, and his tools aren't exactly terrible either. (Jeff Moore)
2014-02-10 13:00:00 (link to chat)I saw a twitter feud (if you can call it that) between Sporer and Guru this weekend about Jorge Alfaro... Is he really as brutal and "completely lost" behind the plate as Sporer claims? Seems harsh to me, and if he can make some strides with the swing and miss, a catcher with an elite arm, 20hr pop and 10 steal potential seems like an extremely valuable asset
(Biscuits from San Jose)
I saw that too. I'll say this: Sporer's comments were the harshest I've heard about Alfaro. He's not great with the glove, but I haven't heard too many people say that it won't improve to the point where he can at least remain behind the plate. (Jeff Moore)
2014-01-17 10:00:00 (link to chat)Will Jorge Alfaro's hit tool develop enough for him to become a star? He has the power, arm, and defense profile, but are you worried about his ability to hit? Does he have the skills to develop into a .280+ hitter if everything goes right?
(Chris from Baltimore)
I'm not sold about the hit tool or I would be inclined to rank him in the top ten in baseball. The raw tools point to a superstar; 8 arm, 5 glove, 7 raw power, 6 run. But the hit tool and plan at the plate are question marks for me. I think he's a star even if he hits .260 (fringe-5 tool) because the power should flow enough and the defensive profile would make him a weapon behind the plate. A .260 hitter with 25+ bombs and excellent catch/throw skills behind the plate is a first-division/all-star level profile. If the bat plays above that, holy shit. #TheLegend (Jason Parks)
2013-12-06 13:00:00 (link to chat)ETA for Jorge Alfaro in Arlington? Do you see Arenado as an all-star at the hot corner?
(chopper from Indy)
Late 2015 or 2016? Though you should probably ask again in the prospect chats.

And yes on your second question. Yes on your second, 20% having to do with Arenado, 80% having to do with the fact that everyone makes the All-Star team. Doubt it's this year. (Zachary Levine)
2013-12-17 13:00:00 (link to chat)Jason- The Ranger farm system is full of high upside/high risk prospects. If you could choose the three you would most like to gamble on, who would they be?
(PJD from Bahamas)
I would gamble on Jorge Alfaro, Nick Williams, and Nomar Mazara (Jason Parks)
2013-11-25 13:00:00 (link to chat)Who is the better catching prospect between Jorge Alfaro and Gary Sanchez? And which one has the greater offensive upside?
(cracker73 from Florida)
Alfaro. Not close. (Jason Parks)
2013-11-25 13:00:00 (link to chat)Austin Hedges or Jorge Alfaro?
(TPX2 from Taiwan)
Alfaro has the highest ceiling. But if I'm starting a team, I'm taking Hedges. (Jason Parks)
2013-11-14 13:00:00 (link to chat)Jorge Alfaro seems to have enjoyed a fine AFL at the plate. What are your observations of his progress defensively? Does he have the skills to stick at the position? Thanks.
(Travs Hound from Arkansas)
I have not seen Alfaro this fall, but the people I have spoken with have seen flashes of defensive progress. The arm is crazy good and one of the best in the business. The receiving and defensive attributes are coming along but he still struggles at times. The tools are there for him to be an asset, but it is going to take time. As for him sticking at the position, I believe he does stay there long term. (Mark Anderson)
2013-10-23 13:00:00 (link to chat)R.J.- Do you think Bogaerts is the everyday SS in Beantown next season? What are realistic expectations of Jorge Alfaro, assuming he reaches MLB?
(Chopper from Indy)
I think Bogaerts is an everyday player in Boston next season, but the position is to be determined. I could see Boston keeping Drew and throwing Bogaerts at third base just as easily as I could see them inserting him as the new shortstop. He's been very impressive this postseason at any rate.

I've never seen Alfaro, so I don't feel too comfortable dishing on him. Instead I'll defer to Jason Parks who threw an All-Star ceiling on him not long ago. (R.J. Anderson)
2013-10-15 13:00:00 (link to chat)Do you consider Archie Bradley to be a significantly better prospect than Jameson Taillon, or is it a 1 and 1a type of thing? Is Jorge Alfaro the real deal? Thank you.
(Chopper from Indy)
I would take Bradley over Taillon. I'm not sure I would say he's a significantly better prospect, but I think he develops into the the better ML starter. (Jason Parks)
2013-10-15 13:00:00 (link to chat)Any chance Tampa gets Jorge Alfaro and Jurickson Profar in a trade for David price?
(Al from Dallas)
I would ask for him in any deal with Texas (Jason Parks)
2013-09-11 13:00:00 (link to chat)Enjoyed your insight at the Houston event earlier this year. Was Jorge Alfaro's year a disappointment or a marginal step? Have opinions of him improved or decreased this season?
(Scott7015 from Houston)
Thanks! Slight step forward for me, especially in terms of all-around maturity and on-field presence. I think the opinions of him have stayed about steady. Something definitely seemed to click after his injury this season; he just looked like a more confident player. The passed balls were an issue but I thought his catching took a slight step forward. The next step is going to be ironing out the consistency and learning to focus all the time behind the plate, instead of having the occasional lapses that led to the passed balls and spurts of poor defense behind the dish. (Jason Cole)
2013-08-14 13:00:00 (link to chat)Has Rougned Odor become the Rangers' top prospect?
(Or from Dallas)
I'll answer another couple more in-depth Odor questions soon, but he's probably #2 for me right now, behind Jorge Alfaro. (Jason Cole)
2013-06-25 13:00:00 (link to chat)Which five players currently in the minors have the highest ceiling?
(Mario66 from Pittsburgh)
Byron Buxton, Oscar Taveras, Javier Baez, Archie Bradley, Jorge Alfaro (hard to name five) (Jason Parks on the Midseason Top 50 Prospects)
2013-05-02 13:00:00 (link to chat)It's not obvious from his stat line whther or not Jorge Alfaro has made much progress this year. What's the take from people who have seen him play?
(Bob from TX)
To me, Alfaro has made more progress going into this season (and early this season) than he has between any of his other pro seasons thus far. There's some inconsistency there both offensively and defensively. But I spoke to a scout who saw Alfaro in Hickory recently, and he commented that Alfaro was the best player on the field. The defense has also been hit and miss, but his receiving and the utility of his plus-plus arm definitely took a step forward in spring training. It's positive on him so far. Not a crazy, crazy jump, but steps in the right direction. (Jason Cole)
2013-04-16 20:00:00 (link to chat)Can you rank these guys please. Thanks! Marcus Stroman, Didi Gregorius, Jorge Alfaro, Austin Hedges, Daniel Norris, Lance McCullers, Bryce Brentz, Daniel Corcino, Clayton Blackburn, Delino DeShields.
(Brandon from Pittsburgh)
DeShields, Blackburn, McCullers, Alfaro, Brentz, Stroman, Hedges, Norris, Corcino, Gregorius. (Bret Sayre)
2013-03-20 11:00:00 (link to chat)Wilin Rosario a good comp for Jorge Alfaro offensively? Just drafted him at the end of our keeper league minor league draft to speculate on the upside.
(Corey from NYC)
Paging Jason Parks! Alfaro is 19 years old and has never played above A-ball so I'm the last person who should speculate on anyone's future from that starting point. I know what I was like when I was 19... (Cory Schwartz)
2013-02-25 11:00:00 (link to chat)You've always loved Jorge Alfaro's swing, but at what point do you expect him to learn to take a walk?
(Greg from Albany, NY)
I'm not sure he will ever be a big walk guy. He likes to swing. It's not the best approach, but as long as he can work himself into good hitting conditions and execute if given the opportunity, I don't need him to walk a ton. (Jason Parks on the Top 101 Prospects)
2013-02-05 13:00:00 (link to chat)What are your thoughts on Jorge Alfaro?
(Justin from OK)
I've been waxing poetic about Jorge Alfaro since he was 16-years-old. I'm a huge fan and I think he could develop into a superstar. Will he? No idea. He has the tools to make the dream a possibility, though. 6 runner; 7+ raw power; 8 arm; near elite bat speed. We shall see if it translates to the field. (Jason Parks)
2012-12-13 13:00:00 (link to chat)If Jorge Alfaro was made available in Dickey trade talks, would an Alfaro/Olt package be more valuable than an Olt/Leonys Martin package?
(Todd from Hoboken)
Alfaro won't be made available. I'd be hesitant to trade Olt straight-up for Dickey, much less a package of Olt and Martin. Olt is a top ~30 prospect in the game. That's a handsome return. #CaptainAmerica (Jason Parks)
2012-10-23 13:00:00 (link to chat)Jorge Alfaro, 70 arm, 65 power, 60 hit?
(rangerfans2 from Fort Worth, TX)
80 arm; 70 raw power potential; 5 hit (Jason Parks)
2012-10-23 13:00:00 (link to chat)Can you recall a specific story where a prospect you were watching that put you an awe, knowing you were looking at a future superstar?
(rangerfans2 from RyanW)
Every time I watch Jorge Alfaro take BP or infield. He's a star if he wants it. (Jason Parks)
2012-06-21 13:00:00 (link to chat)Have we learned anything about Jorge Alfaro this year?
(Dave from Austin)
Not really. He hasn't played enough. He needs to stay healthy, get reps, and take steps forward with his approach. It's a slow process at times. (Jason Parks)
2012-04-04 13:00:00 (link to chat)If Jorge Alfaro takes more than 15 BBs this year is the year considered a success?
(jaymoff from Salem, OR)
I'd like to see the approach improve, as it will help the overall offensive skill-set. Not setting any statistical markers, though. I just want to see progression. (Jason Parks)

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Advanced Catching Metrics

Year lvl CSAA Framing Runs Blocking Chances EPAA Blocking Runs SB Attempts SRAA TRAA Throwing Runs FRAA Adj. FRAA
2011 asx .000 0.0 1722 .006 -3.3 55 .012 .014 -0.4 -4.1 -3.3
2012 afx .000 0.0 1408 .001 -0.2 35 .053 .003 -1.1 -1.3 -1.2
2013 afx .000 0.0 3579 .004 -4.1 66 -.031 -.005 1.4 -1.4 -2.0
2014 aax -.002 -0.4 657 .001 -0.1 14 -.015 .002 0.1 -0.6 -1.2
2014 afa .000 0.0 3314 .002 -2.0 62 .021 -.002 -0.8 -4.1 -1.0
2015 aax -.001 -0.3 1867 .001 -0.8 27 -.007 -.006 0.2 -0.8 -0.3
2016 mlb .001 0.0 212 .011 -0.6 1 -.014 .002 0.0 -0.4 -0.6
2016 aax .013 12.4 0 .000 0.0 68 -.048 -.010 2.4 13.9 14.8
2017 aaa .002 2.0 3002 .000 -0.5 41 -.011 -.001 0.3 0.9 4.8
2017 mlb -.009 -2.6 1241 .000 0.2 14 .006 -.006 -0.1 -2.9 -2.4
2018 mlb .013 12.3 4157 .002 -2.4 67 .000 .007 0.0 10.2 12.2
2019 mlb -.002 -1.7 4853 .003 -3.5 44 -.003 -.003 0.1 -5.2 -2.0

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