2019 MLB Draft Guide Player Profile: Jorge Alfaro
Colby Conway takes a closer look at the new Miami Marlins catcher and lets fantasy baseball owners know what they can expect during the 2019 MLB season.
Jorge Alfaro logged 143 games at the big-league level with the Philadelphia Phillies before being dealt to Miami, along with Sixto Sanchez , in the deal that brought J.T. Realmuto to the City of Brotherly Love. Alfaro was the team’s primary catcher for the first half of the season, but then Wilson Ramos came to town, significantly cutting into Alfaro’s playing time. In his first 70 games of the season, Alfaro hit .254 with six home runs, 21 RBI and a whopping 93 strikeouts. Yikes. He’s leaving a hitter’s friendly park for the spacious confines of Marlins Park, which dampens his numbers a bit, but Alfaro has the ability to make the park look smaller than it really is.
When Alfaro makes contact, it’s loud and hard. Last season, which was his first season exclusively in the bigs, he made hard contact 37.7 percent of the time, and only generated soft contact a measly 14.5 percent of the time. His soft contact percentage was on par with Milwaukee’s Christian Yelich and...