Jorge Alfaro

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Jorge Alfaro
Jorge Alfaro Bullpen (cropped).jpg
Alfaro with the Phillies in 2018
Philadelphia Phillies – No. 38
Catcher
Born: (1993-06-11) June 11, 1993 (age 25)
Sincelejo, Colombia
Bats: Right Throws: Right
MLB debut
September 12, 2016, for the Philadelphia Phillies
MLB statistics
(through 2018 season)
Batting average.270
Home runs15
Runs batted in51
Teams

Jorge Mario Alfaro Buelvas (born June 11, 1993) is a Colombian professional baseball catcher for the Philadelphia Phillies of Major League Baseball (MLB). Alfaro signed with the Texas Rangers as a free agent in 2010. He made his MLB debut in 2016.

Early and personal life[edit]

Alfaro was born in Sincelejo, Colombia. Alfaro's younger brother Jhoandro is a catcher in the Chicago White Sox organization.[1][2][3] Alfaro played baseball and soccer at Instituto Técnico Industrial Antonio Prieto, graduating in 2009.[3]

Career[edit]

Texas Rangers organization[edit]

Alfaro signed with the Texas Rangers in June 2010 as a 16-year-old free agent for a $1.3 million signing bonus that was a record at the time for any Colombian prospect.[4][5][6] In 2010, playing for the DSL Rangers in the Dominican Summer League he batted .221/.278/.291 with one home run and 23 RBIs.[7]

In 2011, playing for the Class A Short-Season Spokane Indians in the Northwest League, Alfaro batted .300/.345/.481 (9th in the league) with six home runs, 23 RBIs, and seven hit by pitch (6th) in 160 at bats.[3] He was a Baseball America Short-Season All Star and a Topps Short-Season/Rookie All Star, and Baseball America named him the 8th-best prospect in the Northwest League.[8][3]

In 2012, playing for the Class A Hickory Crawdads in the South Atlantic League, he batted .261/.320/.430 with five home runs and 34 RBIs in 272 at bats.[7] Baseball America rated him the 9th-best Rangers prospect.[6]

Prior to the 2013 season he was ranked by MLB.com as the 88th-best prospect in baseball.[9] Alfaro was ranked the 54th-best prospect by Baseball America. In 2013, playing for Hickory in the South Atlantic League, he was a mid-season All Star, an MiLB.com Texas Organization All Star, and a All-Star Futures Game selection.[8] He batted .258/.338/.452 with 16 home runs, 53 RBIs, and 18 hit by pitch (leading the league) in 372 at bats.[8] Baseball America named him the 14th-best prospect in the South Atlantic League.[3] He also had 21 at bats with the AZL Rangers, and 11 at bats with the Myrtle Beach Pelicans.[7] After the 2013 season he played for the Surprise Saguaros in the Arizona Fall League, where he was batted .386 (3rd in the league)/.438 (9th)/.500 with 18 runs (5th), six doubles (6th), 11 RBIs, and three hit by pitch (2nd) in 70 at bats.[8] He was named both a Rising Star and to the All-Prospect Team.[8][10][11]

In 2014 playing for Class A-Advanced Myrtle Beach he was Carolina League Player of the Week on August 4, a mid-season All Star, an MiLB Texas Organization All Star, and a post-season All Star.[8] Alfaro was also the starting catcher for the World Squad at the All-Star Futures Game.[3] For the season, he batted .261/.318/.440 with five triples (10th in the league), 13 home runs (6th), 73 RBIs (3rd), and 12 hit by pitch (4th).[7] Baseball America named him the second-best prospect in the Carolina League.[3] He also had 88 at bats with the Double-A Frisco RoughRiders of the Texas League, batting .261/.343/.443 with four home runs and 14 RBIs.[7]

On November 20, 2014, the Rangers added Alfaro to their 40-man roster to protect him from being selected in the Rule 5 draft.[12] In 2015 playing for Frisco he was a mid-season All Star, and batted .253/.314/.432 with five home runs and 21 RBIs in 190 at bats.[8]

Philadelphia Phillies[edit]

On July 31, 2015, the Rangers traded Alfaro, Nick Williams, Matt Harrison, Jake Thompson, Alec Asher, and Jerad Eickhoff to the Philadelphia Phillies for Cole Hamels and Jake Diekman.[13] In the remainder of 2015 he had four at bats with the GCL Phillies.[7] Baseball America named him the 5th-best prospect in the Phillies minor league system.[3]

In 2016 playing for the Double-A Reading Fightin Phils he was an Eastern League Player of the Week and Phillies Minor League Player of the Week on April 17, Phillies Minor League Defender of the Month for July, a mid-season All Star, and an MiLB Philadelphia Organization All Star.[8][3] The Phillies promoted Alfaro to the major leagues on August 26.[14] He was optioned back to Reading the next day. He was recalled on September 11 after the Reading season ended; he had batted .285/.325/.458 in Reading with 15 home runs (6th in the league) and 67 RBIs (9th) in 404 at bats.[15][16] He had a total of 16 major league at bats in 2016.[17]

Alfaro played for Team Colombia in the 2017 World Baseball Classic.[18] He entered 2017 ranked by MLB Pipeline as the No. 72 prospect, and the Phillies' No. 3 prospect.[18]

In 2017 he batted .318/.360/.514 with five home runs and 14 RBIs in 107 major league at bats.[17] He also had the second-fastest baserunning sprint speed of all major league catchers, at 28.1 feet/second.[19] With the Class AAA Lehigh Valley IronPigs of the International League, Alfaro was a mid-season All Star, and for the season he batted .241/.291/.358 with seven home runs and 43 RBIs in 324 at bats.[8]

In 2018 with the Phillies, Alfaro batted .262/.324/.407 with 10 home runs, 37 RBIs, and 14 hit by pitch (8th in the National League) in 344 major league at bats.[17] He had the highest batting average on balls in play of all major league hitters with 300 or more at bats, at .406.[20] He also had the second-fastest baserunning sprint speed of all major league catchers, at 28.3 feet/second.[21] On the other hand, he struck out 36.3% of the time, third-highest among all players with 300 or more plate appearances.[22] On defense, in 2018 he had the best arm strength (90.8) and the third-best average pop time to second base (1.94 seconds) of all major league catchers, while he ranked fourth among all catchers in pitch framing according to Baseball Prospectus.[22] He led the NL in catcher’s ERA (3.45), and his 9.11 range factor per game ranked 2nd among National League catchers.[23][24] However, he also led all NL catchers in passed balls (10) and stolen bases allowed (59; though he tied for 3rd in runners caught stealing (21)), and tied for first in errors (11).[25][26] Baseball America named him to its 2018 MLB All-Rookie Team.[24]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Badler, Ben (July 2, 2014). "White Sox Sign Colombian Catcher Jhoandro Alfaro". baseballamerica.com. Retrieved June 28, 2016.
  2. ^ "Jhoandro Alfaro Minor Leagues Statistics & History". baseball-reference.com. sports-reference.com. Retrieved August 16, 2017.
  3. ^ a b c d e f g h i Jorge Alfaro Stats, Fantasy & News | MLB.com
  4. ^ "Phillies Top 10 Prospects: #6 – Jorge Alfaro"
  5. ^ "Jorge Alfaro Stats, Highlights, Bio" | MiLB.com Stats | The Official Site of Minor League Baseball
  6. ^ a b "Jorge Alfaro Scouting Report" - Lone Star Ball
  7. ^ a b c d e f "Jorge Alfaro Minor, Winter & Fall Leagues Statistics & History" | Baseball-Reference.com
  8. ^ a b c d e f g h i "Jorge Alfaro Stats, Highlights, Bio" | MiLB.com Stats | The Official Site of Minor League Baseball
  9. ^ Sullivan, T.R. (January 29, 2013). "Rangers have six of game's Top 100 Prospects". rangers.mlb.com. MLB Advanced Media. Retrieved December 14, 2013.
  10. ^ "Texas Rangers catching prospect Jorge Alfaro shows off arm in AFL". Rangersblog.dallasnews.com. November 18, 2013. Archived from the original on December 14, 2013. Retrieved December 14, 2013.
  11. ^ Grant, Evan (August 27, 2013). "Catcher Jorge Alfaro heads Texas Rangers list of prospects in Arizona Fall League". dallasnews.com. Retrieved June 28, 2016.
  12. ^ "Rule-5 Draft: Texas Rangers must finalize 40-man roster by Thursday"
  13. ^ Badler, Ben (July 31, 2015). "Trade Central: Phillies Get Impact Talent, Depth In Hamels Deal". baseballamerica.com. Retrieved July 31, 2015.
  14. ^ Needelman, Joshua (August 26, 2016). "Phillies call up No. 4 prospect Jorge Alfaro". mlb.com. MLB Advanced Media. Retrieved August 16, 2017.
  15. ^ 2016 Eastern League Batting Leaders | Baseball-Reference.com
  16. ^ Heneghan, Kelsie (September 11, 2016). "Phillies call up Alfaro, Quinn from Double-A". MiLB.com. Retrieved September 12, 2016.
  17. ^ a b c Jorge Alfaro Stats | Baseball-Reference.com
  18. ^ a b Phillies Jorge Alfaro shows off arm strength | Philadelphia Phillies
  19. ^ Statcast Sprint Speed Leaderboard | baseballsavant.com
  20. ^ National League Leaderboards » 2018 » Batters » Advanced Statistics | FanGraphs Baseball
  21. ^ Statcast Sprint Speed Leaderboard | baseballsavant.com
  22. ^ a b "Phillies: Grading Jorge Alfaro’s first full season in the majors"
  23. ^ "Phillies 2018 season report card: Catcher Jorge Alfaro"
  24. ^ a b 2018 MLB All-Rookie Team
  25. ^ Statcast Catcher Pop Time Leaderboard | baseballsavant.com
  26. ^ National League Leaderboards » 2018 » Catchers » Fielding Statistics | FanGraphs Baseball

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