Alberto Tirado was selected the 26th prospect in the Readers’ Poll. He received 92 of 339 votes (27%). He finished comfortably ahead of Tom Windle (55 votes, 16%) and Jose Pujols (48 votes, 14%).
The Toronto Blue Jays signed Tirado, a native of the Dominican Republic, as a 16-year old free agent on July 7, 2011. He began his pro career the following season playing at both Blue Jays’ Rookie teams in the GCL and Appalachian League (Bluefield).
Tirado pitched the complete 2013 season at Bluefield. In 2014, he started in full season A ball at Lansing before moving to short season A in Vancouver in June. At the age of 20, he started the 2015 season at Advanced A Dunedin.
Tirado posted BB rates between 3.0 and 4.0, and K rates between 7.0 and 8.0 during his first two seasons. Both rose during 2014 to 8.0 BB/9 and 9.0 K/9. In 2015, he lowered his BB/9 to 5.0 at Dunedin while maintaining a 9.0 K/9.
The Philadelphia Phillies acquired Tirado with fellow RHP Jimmy Cordero in the trade that sent Ben Revere and cash to Toronto on July 31, 2015. He was assigned to Clearwater.
Tirado was able to maintain his high K rate, but his BB rate jumped up to 10.1 BB/9. However, 9 of his 18 walks at Clearwater came in his two appearances against his former Blue Jays’ team. In his 9 appearances for Clearwater, he posted a low 3.4 H/9 and allowed only 1 ER in 16.0 IP.
At some point, Tirado will have to master control to be an effective reliever.
Top 30 so far:
- N. Williams
- “C” Randolph
I added write-ins Seve Gonzalez and Bailey Falter to the poll. No real reason for Gonzalez except that he was a write-in and it helps me justify adding a pitcher I enjoyed watching last season in Falter. Next up is your selection for #27.