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Anthony Alford
CF | B/T: R/R | 6' 1" 210LBS | Age: 26

Draft: 2012 | Rd: 3, #112, Toronto Blue Jays | Petal HS (MS)
MLB Pipeline Rank
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Stats

PA AB R H HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG OPS
2020 7 7 1 1 0 1 3 .143 .143 .143 .286
4 Seasons 66 62 7 9 1 3 6 .145 .197 .210 .407
AVG HR RBI SB OPS
2020 .143 0 1 3 .286
4 Seasons .145 1 3 6 .407

Standard MLB Batting Statistics

SeasonTmLGGPAABRH2B3BHRRBIBBSOSBCSHBPAVGOBPSLGOPS
2017 TOR AL 4 8 8 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 3 0 0 0 .125 .125 .250 .375
2018 TOR AL 13 21 19 3 2 0 0 0 1 2 9 1 0 0 .105 .190 .105 .296
2019 TOR AL 16 30 28 3 5 0 0 1 1 1 11 2 0 1 .179 .233 .286 .519
2020 TOR AL 9 7 7 1 1 0 0 0 1 0 3 3 0 0 .143 .143 .143 .286
*: All Star Season, Rankings AL/NL: Top 5 10 15 20      Click for Chart.

Advanced MLB Batting Statistics

SeasonTmLGPATBLOBSACSFBABIPXBHGIDPGIDPONPP/PAK/PAHR/PABB/KISOROEWO
2017 TOR AL 8 2 1 0 0 .200 1 0 1 34 4.250 .375 .000 .--- .125 .125 0
2018 TOR AL 21 2 7 0 0 .200 0 0 1 85 4.048 .429 .000 .222 .000 .000 0
2019 TOR AL 30 8 13 0 0 .250 1 0 2 124 4.133 .367 .033 .091 .107 .107 1
2020 TOR AL 7 1 1 0 0 .250 0 0 0 28 4.000 .429 .000 .--- .000 .000 0

Scouting Report

2020

The Blue Jays let Alford, their third-round pick in 2012, follow through on his desire to play college football at Southern Mississippi after signing him for $750,000. He spent most of 2012-14 on the gridiron, eventually transferring to Mississippi as a defensive back before deciding to focus on baseball full-time. Alford’s time away from the game didn’t show in his first full season, but a knee injury as well as a concussion in ’16 disrupted his progress. He made his big league debut in May the following year, getting the call straight from Double-A, only to suffer a broken hamate bone that shelved him for two months. Alford would return to the Majors in 2018, though a hamstring strain delayed his season. Last year, he struggled mentally before turning his season around in May, only to have an oblique issue, though he once again returned to the big leagues in September.

Alford is a tremendous athlete and has a collection of impressive tools, but they haven’t transferred into production for him in the upper Minors and big leagues as expected. He has a quick bat and can show plus raw power from the right side of the plate, though he has yet to play to his capabilities. Alford remains a plus runner who can cover large swaths in the outfield, offering above-average defense across all three positions.

The potential is there for Alford to become an everyday player in the big leagues, though he’ll first need to establish a consistent approach and show that he can drive the ball to all fields, as he did early in his career and for flashes of 2019. If he can’t cut it as a regular, Alford should still offer value as a fourth outfielder with his speed, versatility and on-base skills.


2019

Scouting grades: Hit: 45 | Power: 45 | Run: 60 | Arm: 45 | Field: 55 | Overall: 45

The Blue Jays let Alford, their third-round pick in 2012, follow through on his desire to play college football at Southern Mississippi after signing him for $750,000. He spent most of 2012-14 on the gridiron, eventually transferring to Mississippi as a defensive back before deciding to focus on baseball full-time. Alford's time away from the game didn't show in his first full season, but a knee injury as well as a concussion in 2016 disrupted his progress. He made his big league debut in May the following year, getting the call straight from Double-A, only to suffer a broken hamate bone that shelved him for two months. Alford would return to the Majors in 2018, though he hit just .105 with the Blue Jays and struggled at Double- and Triple-A after a hamstring strain delayed his start to the season. 

Alford is a tremendous athlete and has a collection of impressive tools, but it hasn't transferred into production for him in the upper Minors and big leagues as expected. He has a quick bat and can show plus raw power from the right side of plate, though his approach as well as the quality of his contact both backed up in 2018. The regression had a major impact on Alford's on-base skills, as he finished with a .314 OBP that was well south of his career average (.360). Club officials are confident that he will get back on track, though, noting that Alford appeared to be pressing for much of the season after his late start. Alford's lower-half injuries have robbed him of some speed, but he's still a plus runner who can cover large swaths in the outfield, offering above-average defense across all three positions. 

The potential is there for Alford to become an everyday player in the big leagues, though he'll first need to re-establish a consistent approach and show that he can drive the ball to all fields as he did early in his career. If he can't cut it as a regular, Alford still should offer value as a fourth outfielder with his speed, versatility and on-base skills.


2018

Scouting grades: Hit: 55 | Power: 50 | Run: 70 | Arm: 45 | Field: 60 | Overall: 55

The Blue Jays took a gamble on Alford in the third round of the 2012 Draft, knowing that his commitment to play football at Southern Mississippi could make him difficult to sign. Though he would ultimately sign for $750,000, Alford spent most of 2012-14 on the gridiron, eventually transferring to Mississippi as a defensive back before deciding to play baseball full-time. Despite his time off, Alford excelled in his first full season, though two separate trips to the disabled list for a knee injury and a concussion, respectively, hindered his progress in 2016. After a strong start to his 2017 campaign with Double-A New Hampshire, Alford was called up for his big league debut in May, only to suffer a broken hamate bone and land on the disabled list for two months. The injury bug struck Alford again in Spring Training, with a Grade 2 hamstring strain delaying his start to the 2018 season.

Alford generates good bat speed and makes a lot of hard contact from the right side of the plate. His mature approach and solid pitch recognition translate to plenty of walks and strong on-base skills that fuel his potential as a true top-of-the-order hitter. He has the strength and swing plane to drive the ball out of the park, shows good raw power to center field and could clear more fences as he continues to refine his approach. Alford's knee injury diminished his speed last season, but he's still a plus, if not better runner capable of impacting games on the bases as well as in center field, where he has plus range but a below-average arm.

Alford didn't receive another crack at the Majors in September because the Blue Jays felt it was more important for him to receive guaranteed at-bats in Triple-A while making up for lost time. Meanwhile, Alford's transformation from a raw athlete into a well-rounded and polished ballplayer in a short amount of time understandably has club officials excited about his bright future.


2017

Scouting grades: Hit: 50 | Power: 50 | Run: 70 | Arm: 45 | Field: 60 | Overall: 55

Alford was thought to be a tough sign heading into the 2012 Draft due to his commitment to play football at Southern Mississippi. But that didn't deter the Blue Jays, who took a gamble on the ultra-toolsy prep in the third round and landed him with a $750,000 signing bonus. He spent most of 2012-14 on the gridiron, eventually transferring to Mississippi as a defensive back before deciding to play baseball full-time. Despite his time off, Alford excelled and advanced to the Florida State League in his first full season, though two separate trips to the disabled list for a knee injury and a concussion, respectively, hindered his progress in 2016. After a strong start to his 2017 campaign with Double-A New Hampshire, Alford was called up for his big league debut in May, only to suffer a broken hamate bone and land on the disabled list for two months.

Alford generates good bat speed and makes a lot of hard contact from the right side of the plate, although his setup and the placement of his hands lead to some timing issues, as well as some swing-and-miss. He has the strength and swing plane to drive the ball out of the park and shows good raw power to center field, and scouts believe he'll clear more fences as he continues to refine his approach. Although Alford's knee injury diminished his speed last season, he's still a well-above-average runner, capable of impacting games on the bases as well as in center field, where he has plus range but a below-average arm.

Though he was limited due to injury during the first half this season for a second straight year, Alford, once fully healthy, should receive another look in the Major Leagues. Meanwhile, his transformation from a raw athlete into a well-rounded and polished ballplayer in a short amount of time has club officials excited about his ceiling as a top-of-the-order hitter who can stick in center field.


2016

Scouting grades: Hit: 55 | Power: 45 | Run: 70 | Arm: 45 | Field: 60 | Overall: 55

Teams viewed Alford as a tough sign heading into the 2012 Draft due to his commitment to play football at Southern Mississippi. However, the Blue Jays took a gamble in the third round and landed him with a $750,000 signing bonus. Alford spent much of the next three years focused on his football career, playing one season as Southern Miss' quarterback before transferring to Mississippi and playing defensive back, before finally giving up the sport last offseason.

Though he chose to pursue football, Alford continued to play for the Blue Jays each summer and logged 25 games between the 2012-14 seasons. That made his performance in 2015 all the more impressive, as Alford transformed from a raw athlete into a surprisingly well-rounded and polished ballplayer in his first full season, hitting .298/.398/.421 with 27 steals and 13.8 percent walk rate in 107 games across both Class A levels. That he hasn't come close to repeating that level of production in 2016 has more to do with Alford's health than his abilities, as he made two separate trips to the disabled list for a knee injury and a concussion, respectively.

Alford stands out for his top-flight athleticism and physical tools, but it's his mature feel for the game that has scouts excited about his ceiling as a top-of-the-order hitter who can stick in center field. Alford's plus-plus speed is a weapon on the basepaths as well as in the outfield. The right-handed hitter has some swing-and-miss to his game but makes a lot of hard contact and consistently works deep counts, and his combination of natural hitting ability and a patient approach should help him tap into more power going forward.


2015

Scouting grades: Hit: 60 | Power: 45 | Run: 70 | Arm: 45 | Field: 60 | Overall: 55

Teams viewed Alford as a tough sign heading into the 2012 draft due to his commitment to play football at Southern Mississippi. However, the Blue Jays took a gamble in the third round and landed him with a $750,000 signing bonus. Alford spent much of the next three years focused on his football career, playing one season as Southern Miss' quarterback before transferring to Mississippi and playing defensive back, before finally giving up the sport last offseason.

Though he chose to pursue football, Alford continued to play for the Blue Jays each summer and logged 25 games between the 2012-14 seasons. That made his performance in 2015 all the more impressive, as Alford transformed from a raw athlete into a surprisingly well-rounded and polished ballplayer in his first full season, hitting .298/.398/.421 with 27 steals and 13.8 percent walk rate in 107 games across both Class A levels.

Alford stands out for his top-flight athleticism and physical tools, but it's his mature feel for the game which has scouts excited about his ceiling as a top-of-the-order hitter who can stick in center field. Alford's plus-plus speed is a weapon on the basepaths as well as in the outfield. The right-handed hitter has some swing-and-miss to his game but makes a lot of hard contact and consistently works deep counts, and his combination of natural hitting ability and a patient approach should help him tap into more power going forward.


2013

Scouting Grades (present/future): Hit: 30/50 | Power: 30/60 | Run: 70/70 | Arm: 50/50 | Field: 50/60 | Overall: 30/60

Alford was thought by many to be unsignable as a two-sport standout, one who had a scholarship to Southern Miss to play quarterback. But the Blue Jays were creative with their Draft pool and managed to sign the athletic outfielder, who got in a handful of Gulf Coast League games before heading to school to play football. He appeared in nine games for Southern Miss, starting five. Alford has considerable raw tools, with a Reggie Sanders-like upside, but hasn't had the opportunity to refine them with his focus split among two sports. His approach at the plate isn't bad and he has the chance to have above-average power in the future. He has plus speed that should allow him to be a threat on the bases as well as a solid defensive outfielder. It's going to take longer as he continues to play two sports, but the wait could be worth it.


2012

Alford was thought by many to be unsignable as a two-sport standout with a scholarship to Southern Miss to play quarterback. But the Blue Jays were creative with their Draft pool and managed to sign the athletic outfielder, who got in a handful of Gulf Coast League games before heading to school to play football. Alford has a ton of raw tools but, with his focus split, hasn’t had the opportunity to refine them. He actually has a decent approach at the plate, and he should develop at least average power in the future. He’s a plus runner who will be a threat on the bases and uses his speed well in the outfield. Alford will continue to be a bit of a project, especially as he continues to play football, but the end result could be a very dynamic outfielder at the big league level.



Statcast - Batting

Season Pitches Batted Balls Barrels Barrel % Exit Velocity Launch Angle Sweet Spot % XBA XSLG WOBA XWOBA XWOBACON Hard Hit % K % BB %
2017 34 5 1 20.0 90.8 3.4 40.0 .321 .600 .154 .394 .631 40.0 37.5 0.0
2018 85 10 0 0.0 86.4 19.1 40.0 .156 .196 .150 .208 .309 40.0 42.9 9.5
2019 124 17 1 5.9 86.1 13.6 11.8 .153 .311 .228 .230 .322 29.4 36.7 3.3
2020 28 4 0 0.0 83.6 4.9 0.0 .085 .105 .124 .083 .146 25.0 42.9 0.0
ALL 271 36 2 5.6 86.6 12.7 22.2 .168 .291 .183 .227 .343 33.3 39.4 4.5
MLB 41135 6.3 88.2 11.9 32.7 .250 .415 .317 .321 .377 34.7 21.7 8.3

Transactions

Team Date Transaction
09/03/2019 Toronto Blue Jays recalled CF Anthony Alford from Buffalo Bisons.
08/26/2019 Buffalo Bisons activated CF Anthony Alford from the 7-day injured list.
08/17/2019 Buffalo Bisons placed CF Anthony Alford on the 7-day injured list.
08/07/2019 Buffalo Bisons activated CF Anthony Alford from the 7-day injured list.
07/31/2019 Buffalo Bisons sent OF Anthony Alford on a rehab assignment to GCL Blue Jays.
06/26/2019 Buffalo Bisons placed CF Anthony Alford on the 7-day injured list retroactive to June 24, 2019.
06/18/2019 Buffalo Bisons activated CF Anthony Alford from the temporarily inactive list.
06/14/2019 Buffalo Bisons placed CF Anthony Alford on the temporarily inactive list.
04/04/2019 Toronto Blue Jays optioned CF Anthony Alford to Buffalo Bisons.
04/02/2019 Toronto Blue Jays recalled Anthony Alford from Buffalo Bisons.
03/19/2019 Toronto Blue Jays optioned CF Anthony Alford to Buffalo Bisons.
09/17/2018 Toronto Blue Jays recalled Anthony Alford from Buffalo Bisons.
05/14/2018 Toronto Blue Jays optioned CF Anthony Alford to Buffalo Bisons.
05/05/2018 Toronto Blue Jays recalled Anthony Alford from Buffalo Bisons.
04/19/2018 Toronto Blue Jays optioned CF Anthony Alford to Buffalo Bisons.
04/15/2018 OF Anthony Alford assigned to Dunedin Blue Jays.
04/09/2018 Toronto Blue Jays sent OF Anthony Alford on a rehab assignment to Dunedin Blue Jays.
03/29/2018 Toronto Blue Jays placed CF Anthony Alford on the 10-day disabled list retroactive to March 26, 2018. Right hamstring strain.
11/21/2017 CF Anthony Alford assigned to Charros de Jalisco.
10/02/2017 Toronto Blue Jays recalled CF Anthony Alford from Buffalo Bisons.
09/01/2017 CF Anthony Alford assigned to Buffalo Bisons from New Hampshire Fisher Cats.
07/25/2017 Toronto Blue Jays optioned CF Anthony Alford to New Hampshire Fisher Cats.
07/25/2017 Toronto Blue Jays reassigned LF Anthony Alford to the minor leagues.
07/21/2017 Toronto Blue Jays sent CF Anthony Alford on a rehab assignment to New Hampshire Fisher Cats.
07/12/2017 Toronto Blue Jays sent CF Anthony Alford on a rehab assignment to Dunedin Blue Jays.
05/24/2017 Toronto Blue Jays placed CF Anthony Alford on the 10-day disabled list. Left hamate fracture.
05/19/2017 Toronto Blue Jays recalled CF Anthony Alford from New Hampshire Fisher Cats.
03/17/2017 Toronto Blue Jays optioned CF Anthony Alford to New Hampshire Fisher Cats.
11/18/2016 Toronto Blue Jays selected the contract of Anthony Alford from Dunedin Blue Jays.
06/22/2016 Dunedin Blue Jays activated CF Anthony Alford from the 7-day disabled list.
06/11/2016 Dunedin Blue Jays placed CF Anthony Alford on the 7-day disabled list.
05/02/2016 Dunedin Blue Jays activated CF Anthony Alford from the 7-day disabled list.
04/10/2016 Dunedin Blue Jays placed CF Anthony Alford on the 7-day disabled list.
01/12/2016 Toronto Blue Jays invited non-roster CF Anthony Alford to spring training.
06/25/2015 CF Anthony Alford assigned to Dunedin Blue Jays from Lansing Lugnuts.
04/21/2015 Lansing Lugnuts activated CF Anthony Alford from the 7-day disabled list.
04/06/2015 Lansing Lugnuts placed CF Anthony Alford on the 7-day disabled list.
01/28/2015 Toronto Blue Jays invited non-roster CF Anthony Alford to spring training.
09/18/2014 Lansing Lugnuts activated CF Anthony Alford from the temporarily inactive list.
07/10/2014 Lansing Lugnuts placed CF Anthony Alford on the temporarily inactive list.
07/01/2014 OF Anthony Alford assigned to Lansing Lugnuts from Bluefield Blue Jays.
04/01/2014 OF Anthony Alford assigned to Bluefield Blue Jays from Lansing Lugnuts.
09/23/2013 Lansing Lugnuts activated OF Anthony Alford from the temporarily inactive list.
07/03/2013 Lansing Lugnuts placed OF Anthony Alford on the temporarily inactive list.
07/02/2013 OF Anthony Alford assigned to Lansing Lugnuts from GCL Blue Jays.
07/02/2013 Anthony Alford roster status changed by Lansing Lugnuts.
04/12/2013 Anthony Alford assigned to GCL Blue Jays.
09/27/2012 Lansing Lugnuts activated OF Anthony Alford from the temporarily inactive list.
06/23/2012 OF Anthony Alford assigned to Lansing Lugnuts from GCL Blue Jays.
06/18/2012 Anthony Alford assigned to GCL Blue Jays from Toronto Blue Jays.
06/11/2012 Toronto Blue Jays signed OF Anthony Alford.