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Jorge Alfaro | Catcher

Team: Texas Rangers
Age / DOB:  (21) / 6/11/1993
Ht / Wt:  6'2' / 185
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
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Rangers catching prospect Jorge Alfaro went 2-for-4 with a double for Double-A Frisco on Friday.
Alfaro has put up a .297/.366/.484 line with three doubles and three home runs over 15 games since his promotion to Double-A. He has thrown out 5 of 11 would-be basestealers, but has allowed five passed balls. Alfaro has the potential to be an elite defensive catcher who hits at an MVP-level, and could make his major league debut by mid-2015. Aug 23 - 11:44 AM

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Rangers prospect catcher Jorge Alfaro went 4-for-5 with a home run for Double-A Frisco on Saturday.

Alfaro has been locked in since his promotion, going 7-for-20 with two home runs, three walks, and one hit by pitch. His .261/.318/.440 line with Myrtle Beach was not overly impressive, but he has the raw talent to succeed at any level. It will be interesting to see if he can continue his hot hitting in Double-A, which could make him the Rangers starting catcher by mid-2015.
Aug 10 - 9:18 AM

Rangers catching prospect Jorge Alfaro has been promoted from High-A Myrtle Beach to Double-A Frisco.

Alfaro batted .261/.318/.440 with 13 home runs and 73 RBI in 100 games at Myrtle Beach. He strikes out quite a bit and doesn't walk enough, but the 21-year-old ranks among the top young catchers in the minor leagues and could reach the majors by the end of the 2015 season.
Aug 4 - 2:43 PM

Rangers catching prospect Jorge Alfaro wen 3-for-5 with two doubles and a home run for High-A Myrtle Beach on Saturday.

Alfaro is in the midst of a seven game hit-streak during which he has hit .375/.417/.719 with three doubles, one triple, and two home runs, raising his season line to .261/.318/.440. It is easy to forget that Alfaro is just 21 years old, but he has experienced decreases in his walk rate (6.7 percent to 5.3 percent) and his isolated power (.194 to .178). His strikeout rate has decreased as well (26.4 percent to 22.9 percent), but his hyper-aggressive offensive approach still needs to be tempered in order to have a chance of realizing his elite potential.
Aug 3 - 12:31 PM

Rangers catching prospect Jorge Alfaro went 2-for-3 with a home run and was hit by a pitch on Wednesday for High-A Myrtle Beach.

Alfaro has four home runs so far in June. His season line of .262/.322/.438 is on par with his 2013 production, but he has yet to take the step forward that many were hoping to see this year. Alfaro has thrown out 14 of 57 would-be basestealers for the season (30 percent) and has allowed 17 pass balls.
Jun 26 - 10:59 AM

Rangers prospect catcher Jorge Alfaro went 2-for-5 with a home run for High-A Myrtle Beach on Friday, raising his season line to .270/.327/.440.

Alfaro has been on fire for the past three games, going 7-for-12 with two doubles, a home run, a hit by pitch, and a sacrifice fly. He is unlikely to reach the major leagues before the end of 2015, but it is good to what could be the beginning of a hot streak for one of the top catching prospects.
Jun 14 - 10:31 AM

Rangers catching prospect Jorge Alfaro went 2-for-3 with a double and a sacrifice fly for High-A Myrtle Beach on Wednesday, his 21st birthday.

Despite this game and a 5-for-5 game on May 27, Alfaro has scuffled as of late, hitting .213/.277/.361 over his last 28 games. His offensive upside is on par with any other prospect, but it would be great to see a big step forward for Alfaro. He has thrown out 13 out of 41 would-be base stealers (32%), but has allowed 16 passed balls and made seven errors in 45 games behind the plate.
Jun 12 - 9:18 AM

Rangers prospect catcher Jorge Alfaro went 1-for-4 with a three-run home run on Wednesday for High-A Myrtle Beach.

Alfaro appears to be coming out of a funk, and has hit .361/.425/.667 with three doubles, one triple, and two home runs over his past nine games, as his season line stands at .272/.327/.432. He has 13 walks (5.9%) and 56 strikeouts (25.1%) in 223 plate appearances, as his notoriously aggressive approach has hamstrung his ability to produce.
Jun 5 - 8:37 AM

Rangers catching prospect Jorge Alfaro hit a home run for his second consecutive game as part of a 2-for-4 day that also included a double and a walk for High-A Myrtle Beach on Friday.

Alfaro is now up to .300/.349/.475 for the season, and is in the midst of an eight-game hitting streak during which he is hitting .394/.459/.818 with three doubles, one triple, and three home runs.
May 10 - 10:27 AM

Rangers prospect C Jorge Alfaro went 3-for-5 with a triple, home run and four RBI on Thursday for High-A Myrtle Beach.

The home run was Alfaro's third of the season, and he's now batting .293/.339/.440 with 10 extra-base hits, 17 RBI and a 30/5 strikeout-to-walk ratio through 29 games. The 20-year-old has been on fire since the calendar turned to May, and he's now put together a seven-game hitting streak during which he's batting .379 with five extra-base hits, seven RBI and a 4/2 strikeout-to-walk ratio.
May 9 - 11:55 AM

Rangers catching prospect Jorge Alfaro hit his second home run of the season on Friday for High-A Myrtle Beach.

The 20-year old catching prospect is hitting .284/.320/.389 with four doubles and two home runs. His has three walks and 26 strikeouts due to his ultra-aggressive approach, so he will have to improve his pitch selection. He is hitting .227/.261/.227 against lefties in 2014, and has hit righties better for his career, so it will be interesting to see if he maintains his reverse-platoon splits.
May 3 - 11:56 AM

Rangers catching prospect Jorge Alfaro went 2-for-5 with two doubles on Friday night for High-A Myrtle Beach, raising his season average to .233/.324/.300.

Alfaro was hitting .143/.250/.143 through the first four games of the season, but has picked it up over the last four games. He has struck out nine times over his first 38 plate appearances, but his three walks represent significant improvement in his approach. If Alfaro can improve his pitch selection, he could be the best offensive catcher in baseball, hitting 25+ home runs and stealing 10+ bases with a .300 average.
Apr 12 - 11:48 AM

Rangers catching prospect Jorge Alfaro will open the season with the Myrtle Beach Pelicans of the High-A Carolina League.

Alfaro won't turn 20 years old until June 11, but he will serve as the primary catcher for the Pelicans. He will be responsible for catching some of the Rangers' top pitching prospects in 2014, including Alex "Chi-Chi" Gonzalez, the 23rd overall pick in the 2013 draft. If Alfaro can continue to decrease his strikeout percentage, he could be the top catching prospect by the end of the year.
Apr 3 - 8:56 AM

Rangers prospect Jorge Alfaro utilized timely hitting and stellar defense to help lead Surprise to a 2-0 victory in the Arizona Fall League Championship game on Saturday.

The 20-year-old backstop plated Henry Urrutia with an RBI single in the second inning to get the Saguaros on the board, and that was all the offense that they would need. Alfaro also cut down a pair of would-be base-stealers to protect the advantage. He had a very productive fall season, slashing .386/.438/.500 with 11 RBI in 19 games.
Source: MLB.com
Sat, Nov 16, 2013 09:04:00 PM

Rangers prospect Jorge Alfaro is batting .423/.414/.538 with eight runs scored and two extra-base hits through seven games in the Arizona Fall League.

After a rough start in his first taste of the AFL, the 20-year-old catcher has been on fire as of late, going 9-for-16 with seven runs scored and four RBI over his last four contests. One of the more intriguing young players participating in this year’s AFL, Alfaro is coming off a breakout campaign in which he batted .265/.346/.463 with 24 doubles, 18 home runs in 113 games across three levels. While his approach will need to be cleaned up after striking out 122 times this season, Alfaro has one of the higher ceilings among catching prospects and should reach the major leagues at some point in 2015.
Tue, Oct 22, 2013 02:51:00 PM

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