Anthony Alford
Anthony Alford
25-Year-Old OutfielderOF
Toronto Blue Jays
2020 Fantasy Outlook
While injuries and poor performance in Toronto's outfield afforded Alford some playing time in September, the 25-year-old failed to produce, recording just a .179/.233/.286 slash line with one home run in 16 games. Alford struck out in 36.7% of his plate appearances, fueled by a scary-low 63.9 Z-Contact%, while only drawing one walk in 30 plate appearances. It was a small sample, but Alford's lack of production in the majors last season adds to the skepticism about him as a prospect. An oblique injury cost the outfielder playing time for Triple-A Buffalo last season, limiting him to seven home runs and 37 RBI in 76 games. While his overall minor-league track record shows slightly more promise, injuries have plagued Alford's development throughout his career. As a likely minor leaguer to begin the year with an unimpressive major-league resume, Alford holds little fantasy appeal. Read Past Outlooks
$Signed a one-year, $566,800 contract with the Blue Jays in March of 2020.
Tough path to roster spot
OFToronto Blue Jays
March 31, 2020
Alord may have a difficult time making the big-league roster this season, Andrew Stoeten of The Athletic reports.
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Alford is out of options, but that doesn't guarantee him a spot. The 25-year-old owns a .145/.203/.218 slash line in 59 big-league plate appearances to date and hit just .167/.167/.250 over 24 plate appearances in Grapefruit league action. Lourdes Gurriel Jr., Randal Grichuk, Derek Fisher and Teoscar Hernandez all appear to have locked-down places on the big-league roster, with Jonathan Davis and Billy McKinney also in the mix for the fifth outfielder spot, should the Blue Jays elect to carry five outfielders.
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Batting Order Slot Breakdown
vs Right-Handed Pitchers
vs RHP
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vs Left-Handed Pitchers
vs LHP
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Left/Right Batting Splits
Since 2017
 
 
+428%
OPS vs RHP
2019
 
 
-100%
OPS vs RHP
2018
 
 
+29%
OPS vs LHP
2017
 
 
-100%
OPS vs RHP
OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2017vs Left .136 30 1 0 1 1 .036 .100 .036
Since 2017vs Right .718 29 5 1 1 2 .259 .310 .407
2019vs Left .000 13 0 0 0 1 .000 .000 .000
2019vs Right .945 17 3 1 1 1 .333 .412 .533
2018vs Left .322 13 1 0 1 0 .091 .231 .091
2018vs Right .250 8 2 0 0 1 .125 .125 .125
2017vs Left .000 4 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000
2017vs Right .750 4 0 0 0 0 .250 .250 .500
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Home/Away Batting Splits
Since 2017
 
 
+104%
OPS at Home
2019
 
 
+300%
OPS at Home
2018
 
 
+4%
OPS at Home
2017
 
 
-100%
OPS on Road
OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2017Home .549 33 5 1 2 2 .172 .273 .276
Since 2017Away .269 26 1 0 0 1 .115 .115 .154
2019Home .728 19 3 1 1 2 .235 .316 .412
2019Away .182 11 0 0 0 0 .091 .091 .091
2018Home .298 14 2 0 1 0 .083 .214 .083
2018Away .286 7 1 0 0 1 .143 .143 .143
2017Home 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2017Away .375 8 0 0 0 0 .125 .125 .250
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Stat Review
How does Anthony Alford compare to other hitters?
This section compares his stats with all batting seasons from the previous three seasons (minimum 400 plate appearances)*. The bar represents the player's percentile rank. For example, if the bar is halfway across, then the player falls into the 50th percentile for that stat and it would be considered average.

* Exit Velocity and Barrels/PA % are benchmarked against 2019 data (min 400 PA) and Hard Hit Rate is benchmarked against last season's data (min 400 PA). See here for more exit velocity/barrels stats plus an explanation of current limitations with that data set.
  • BB/K
    Walk to strikeout ratio
  • BB Rate
    The percentage of plate appearances resulting in a walk.
  • K Rate
    The percentage of plate appearances resulting in a strikeout.
  • BABIP
    Batting average on balls in play. Measures how many of a batter’s balls in play go for hits.
  • ISO
    Isolated Power. Slugging percentage minus batting average. A computation used to measure a batter's raw power.
  • AVG
    Batting average. Hits divided by at bats.
  • OBP
    On Base Percentage. A measure of how often a batters reaches base. Roughly equal to number of times on base divided by plate appearances.
  • SLG
    Slugging Percentage. A measure of the batting productivity of a hitter. It is calculated as total bases divided by at bats.
  • OPS
    On base plus slugging. THe sum of a batter's on-base percentage and slugging percentage.
  • wOBA
    Weighted on-base average. Measures a player's overall offensive contributions per plate appearance. wOBA combines all the different aspects of hitting into one metric, weighting each of them in proportion to their actual run value.
  • Exit Velocity
    The speed of the baseball as it comes off the bat, immediately after a batter makes contact.
  • Hard Hit Rate
    A measure of contact quality from Sports Info Solutions. This stat explains what percentage of batted balls were hit hard vs. medium or soft.
  • Barrels/PA
    The percentage of plate appearances where a batter had a batted ball classified as a Barrel. A Barrel is a batted ball with similar exit velocity and launch angle to past ones that led to a minimum .500 batting average and 1.500 slugging percentage.
BB/K
0.09
 
BB Rate
3.3%
 
K Rate
36.7%
 
BABIP
.250
 
ISO
.107
 
AVG
.179
 
OBP
.233
 
SLG
.286
 
OPS
.519
 
wOBA
.236
 
Exit Velocity
86.1 mph
 
Hard Hit Rate
23.5%
 
Barrels/PA
3.3%
 
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
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While Alford is a physically gifted athlete, his baseball skills are lacking, and his ability to hold up is still a big question mark. He had trouble putting bat to ball with consistency for Triple-A Buffalo in 2018, striking out 26.9% of the time. Some scouts have a 60 grade for Alford's raw power, but that power has yet to show up in games, and he's failed to crack double-digit homers in any season while finishing with just five home runs and a .104 ISO with Buffalo. The fact that Alford logged just five at-bats with the Blue Jays in September, when they were out of it and in evaluation mode, was telling. The silver lining was that Alford stayed on the field for a career-high 125 games after injuries had limited him to 305 games total in six pro seasons entering 2018. He will attend spring training and could crack the roster, but at this point it would be somewhat of a surprise if Alford were ever a major-league regular.
Alford has been in pro ball for six seasons, but injuries have limited him to only 305 games. As a member of the 40-man roster, he was summoned from Double-A early in the year to make his MLB debut, and played in just four games before the injury bug bit again. He suffered a fractured wrist, which cost him two months and appeared to sap some of his power. Alford, who is built like an NFL running back, slugged .455 at Double-A before his promotion and .402 after returning to New Hampshire in July. He has plus raw power but has never consistently gotten to it in games, and now he is 23 with only seven games above Double-A. He still has plus speed, going 19-for-22 on stolen-base attempts in just 77 games last year. While his 58:36 K:BB was excellent, he is still untested at Triple-A entering his seventh pro season. The tools and proximity to the majors warrant attention, but Alford’s mounting injury history and understandable prospect fatigue have made him a readily attainable asset in shallower dynasty leagues.
Alford came into the 2016 campaign as a highly-ranked prospect, but suffered through an injury-plagued season at High-A Dunedin, missing time due to a knee injury as well as a concussion. He managed to stay healthy during the second half of the season and registered a slash line of .257/.381/.449 with 13 steals during that span. He even earned All-Star honors during the Arizona Fall League. Alford is a center fielder by trade with a decent approach, though he still strikes out a bit too much. He fanned 117 times in 92 games at High-A in 2016, but showed a bit more pop than expected. With 18 steals as well, Alford has leadoff hitter potential for the Jays. He should begin the 2017 season at Double-A, looking to stay healthy and make more consistent contact.
A third-round pick by the Blue Jays out of high school in 2012, Alford has made a slow but steady climb up the minor league ladder. In 2015, he split his time between Low-A Lansing and High-A Dunedin, hitting well at both spots. In 50 games with Lansing, he hit for an .812 OPS with 49 runs scored and 12 stolen bases in 13 attempts. At High-A Dunedin, he posted an .825 OPS with 42 runs scored and 15 stolen bases in 21 attempts. This was the first season where Alford showed off his wheels, having stolen just 11 bases combined in the previous three seasons. With a lot of movement in the team’s minor league system, both through promotions and from deadline deals, Alford finds himself as one of the top prospects in the Blue Jays system. He figures to begin his age-21 season with Double-A New Hampshire.
A third-round pick in the 2012 MLB Draft, Alford recently completed his sophomore season as a defensive back for the University of Mississippi. His immense physical gifts create plenty of long-term upside, but Alford's college football career could get in the way. Assuming he plays two more years at Mississippi and doesn't enter the NFL Draft, Alford wouldn't become a full-time professional baseball player until 2016. He was limited to six games in the Gulf Coast League in 2013, where he went 5-for-22 with a 6:6 BB:K and a pair of steals.
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Trying to steal roster spot
OFToronto Blue Jays
February 23, 2020
Alford stole three bases -- one of which resulted in the eventual winning run -- in Saturday's Grapefruit League game against the Yankees, Gregor Chisholm of The Toronto Star reports.
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Out of options
OFToronto Blue Jays
February 21, 2020
Alford is out of options heading into this season and will be playing at all three outfield positions in order to test his versatility, Keegan Matheson of MLB.com reports. "I'm looking forward to seeing Anthony Alford," manager Charlie Montoyo said. "He's going to play a lot, let's see what he's got. He had a good offseason working on his hitting."
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Nabs first homer, steal of 2019
OFToronto Blue Jays
September 24, 2019
Alford went 2-for-3 with a solo home run, a stolen base and an additional run Monday in the Blue Jays' 11-10 win over the Orioles in 15 innings.
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Called up by Toronto
OFToronto Blue Jays
September 3, 2019
Alford was recalled from Triple-A Buffalo on Tuesday.
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Back in action
OFToronto Blue Jays
August 26, 2019
Alford (groin) is starting at DH and hitting fifth for Triple-A Buffalo on Monday, Scott Mitchell of TSN.ca reports.
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