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Jorge Alfaro

Born: 06/11/1993 (Age: 20)
Bats: Right Throws: Right
Height: 6' 3" Weight: 230
Primary Position: C
Secondary Position: 1B
Stocky and sturdy frame; muscular; no fat; likely maxed; terrific catcher body; durable and in shape; accurate height; looks much heavier than listed 185.
Evaluator Tucker Blair
Report Date 05/22/2014
Dates Seen 4/24/14 - 4/26/14, 5/20/14 - 5/21/14
Affiliate Myrtle Beach Pelicans (High A, Cubs)
MLB ETA Risk Factor OFP Video
2015 High 65 No
Tool Future Grade Report
Hit 50 Plus-plus bat speed; lightning-quick barrel through zone; ability to turn on inside pitch; hands have mild noise; strong and quick wrists; dropped his back shoulder on low and outside change; became unbalanced and flailed on off-speed pitches at times; aggressive hitter; expands zone at times; struggles against a good slider;
Power 60 Displays plus-plus raw power; likely plays as plus in-game as he lessens violence in swing; slight lift; extreme hip torque; plus bat speed; gap power is present; 105 mph off bat to left-center gap for double.
Baserunning/Speed 50 4.22 and 4.21 to first on full sprints; 8:18 to second; second-gear is quick; runs like a bulldozer; above average speed for catcher; likely slows down a bit once he ages.
Glove 55 Strong hands and wrists; ability to frame pitches is presently average; quick feet; shows agility and moves well; excellent vertical movement on catching high pitches; occasionally does not drop down on a pitch in dirt; aggressive; Could possibly tone down aggression, but that is not his style.
Arm 80 Absolute cannon; one of the best arms in minors; clocked 1.77, 1.80, 1.82 on pop times; laser throws that hover off ground; 1.90 pop time on a simple warm-up to start an inning; aggressive with the arm; snap throws behind runners are constant and keep runners afraid.

Alfaro has the ceiling of an all-star catcher, but he will need to clean up the approach at the plate before reaching his peak. He is currently struggling with plus offerings, especially sliders and change ups. He is an aggressive player all around, which at times will hinder his game. However, it usually is beneficial and has demonstrated how talented he can be behind the dish. Alfaro has a chance to be a rare catcher with five tools that are average or higher, with the arm being one of the best in the business.

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