Blue Jays’ Anthony Alford off to hot start with lumber

Mar 14, 2017; Fort Myers, FL, USA; Toronto Blue Jays right fielder Anthony Alford (30) works out prior to their spring game against the Boston Red Sox at JetBlue Park. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports
Mar 14, 2017; Fort Myers, FL, USA; Toronto Blue Jays right fielder Anthony Alford (30) works out prior to their spring game against the Boston Red Sox at JetBlue Park. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports /
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Toronto Blue Jays uber-prospect Anthony Alford is making short work of Double-A pitching in his first five games with the New Hampshire Fisher Cats.

The Blue Jays assigned outfielder Anthony Alford to Double-A New Hamshire to commence the 2017 campaign. Alford who is ranked as the organization’s #3 prospect has not skipped a beat in his five contests with the Fisher Cats.

Alford is 10 for 16 with 4 walks in his first 20 plate appearances including 4 runs scored and a stolen base for good measure. His small sample size slash line is a robust .625/.700/.625 after 5 games.

The 22-year old was tabbed the 59th best prospect in this year’s Baseball America Top 100 rankings going into the season.

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Last season the former football star battled through injuries hitting .236 with 9 home runs and 18 swipes in 401 plate appearances with the Single- A+ Dunedin Jays. Alford also suited up for 23 games with the Mesa Solar Sox during the Arizona Fall League slashing a .253/.349/.440 line in 86 plate appearances.

The 2017 Fisher Cats contingent also features prospects Ryan McBroom, Harold Ramirez, and Reese McGuire to compliment Alford on the offence.

Alford could conceivably make the jump to Triple-A if he can continue to make positive strides with the lumber and improve his plate discipline as he continues to progress through the ranks. The toolsy prospect still needs reps after only committing to baseball full-time within the last few seasons.

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It’s still early but the results are positive as Alford continues to improve and tease baseball fans with his raw skills. The future is bright for Alford and the Blue Jays outfield.

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