Name: Jorge Alfaro
DOB: June 11, 1993
Height: 6′ 2″
Signed: Signed by the Texas Rangers as an international free agent out of Columbia on June 14, 2010. Traded to the Phillies with RHP Matt Harrison, RHP Jerad Eickhoff, OF Nick Williams, RHP Alec Asher, and RHP Jake Thompson for LHP Cole Hamels, LHP Jake Diekman, and cash.
Hit: 40 – needs to refine his approach and strike-zone judgement
Power: 60 – raw power
Arm: 70 – as strong an arm as just about any catching prospect in the game
Defense: 50 – his defensive tools remain a work in progress
Overall : 55 – Has shown progress with his catching skills. Alfaro has played some first base in games and done some work in the outfield, and he is athletic enough to handle such a move if it’s necessary.
Profile: Alfaro arrived in Clearwater while still on the DL and worked out at the Complex. I saw him take his first live BP on a field adjacent to a GCL game. He displayed his massive power to left, left center, and center fields. He has an impressive physical build. During 2016 spring I watched him throw lasers to second base from behind home plate during drills with the other catchers. His arm is both strong and accurate.
Alfaro posted a .285/.325/.458/.783 slash at Reading in 2016 with 15 HR in 404 AB. Alfaro defense has been questioned, but he had a very respectable .993 Fielding Pct. with 6 errors and 7 passed balls. He threw out 44% of potential base stealers (33 of 75).
Profile Updated: 1/23/2017