Toronto Blue Jays prospect Anthon Alford showed us a glimpse of the potential we have all been waiting for him to display on a consistent basis.
Anthony Alford has the raw talent and God-given talent to make scouts get sweaty behind the collar, however, the outfielder can’t seem to put it all together when given the opportunity.
The 25-year old put on a display two nights ago when Alford was injected into the lineup as a pinch-runner in the ninth inning. Unbeknownst to everyone, the contest would go 15 innings with Alford being the hero in the wee hours of the morning.
Alford beat out an infield chopper to the third baseman in extra innings showcasing the pure speed he possesses. The outfielder put his head down and burned up the first baseline to earn himself the infield single. The speedster would then swipe second base with ease to put himself in scoring position.
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Alford would come up in the bottom of the 15th inning and play hero walking off the game with his first MLB home run. You could not wipe the smile off Alford’s face for what seemed like an eternity as Alford soaked in the moment.
It is obvious to see that he is a genuinely good person that his teammates route especially brother-in-law Jonathan Davis who celebrated with Alford following the walk-off.
The Blue Jays have a need for Alford’s services in the outfield next season but he must prove he can hit consistently at the major league level. He struggled in Triple-A this season before turning it on the final couple months. Alford ended the season hitting .259 with seven homers and 22 stolen bases in 30 attempts for the Bisons.
There is no denying his ability and his game-changing speed, hopefully, 2020 will finally be the season he puts it all together.