Alberto Tirado was your selection as the #20 prospect in the Phillies’ organization. Tirado received 115 of 302 votes (38%) to achieve a substantial plurality victory. Elniery Garcia led a distant group of prospects for second place with 36 votes (12%).
Alberto Tirado was signed as an international free agent out of the Dominican Republic by the Toronto Blue Jays on August 31, 2011 as a 16-year old.
Tirado began his professional career in 2012 in the Gulf Coast League. He showed promise in his 11 appearances, all starts. He had a K/9 of 8.3 and a BB/9 of 2.9 (the lowest of his career). He finished the season with the Blue Jays short-season rookie team in the Appalachian League and posted a better record and lower ERA in 3 starts, but his K/9 in 3 starts dropped to 4.1 and his BB/9 ballooned to 4.1, the beginning of a problem with which he still struggles.
As an 18-year old, and still young for the league, Tirado pitched all of 2013 in Low A rookie ball. He continued to post a low ERA (1.68 in 12 appearances, 8 starts), and his K/9 rebounded to 8.2. But his BB/9 was 3.7, the last time it would be below 5.0 in a season.
Tirado split 2014 between Low A and Full season A ball. By then he was pitching 2/3 of his games out of the bullpen. He was striking out a batter an inning, but walking batters at almost the same rate.
Tirado started 2015 in Advanced A. Toronto given up on him as a starter and he made 31 appearances as a reliever. He still maintained both a high BB/9 and K/9.
On July 31st, the Blue Jays traded Tirado and RHP Jimmy Cordero to the Phillies for LF Ben Revere and cash. Tirado finished the season in Clearwater’s bullpen and posted a sterling 0.56 ERA in 9 appearances, 16.0 innings. However, he walked (18) more batters than he struck out (16).
The Phillies started Tirado in Lakewood in 2016. Convinced that he could be successful as a starter, the Phillies switched Tirado to the rotation mid-season. He went 7-1 in 11 starts along with a 2.19 ERA, 4.2 BB/9, and 14.1 K/9.
Tirado has reverted to form in the Dominican Winter League – 14 walks and 13 strike outs in 12 innings. Still, he has only allowed one earned run. But, they are using him as a reliever rather than as a starter. We’ll get a better feel for his direction in the organization this year in Clearwater.
The love for Tirado centers on his velocity. Reports on his fastball vary from 92-96 to 96-98 mph. He was reported to have hit 99 and 100 last season. I saw him twice in Instructs this year. He threw an effortless 94-96 one appearance and a similarly effortless 92-96, t97 a week later.
Next up is your selection for the #21 prospect in the organization.
Poll to date –
- J.P. Crawford
- Jorge Alfaro
- Mickey Moniak
- Roman Quinn
- Nick Williams
- Franklyn Kilome
- Sixto Sanchez
- Rhys Hoskins
- Dylan Cozens
- “C” Randolph
- Scott Kingery
- Kevin Gowdy
- Harold Arauz
- Andrew Knapp
- Jhailyn Ortiz
- Adonis Medina
- Mark Appel
- Nick Pivetta
- Ben Lively
- Alberto Tirado