2022 Player Outlook
Alford had five home runs and five stolen bases in just 49 games for Pittsburgh last season, but a .233 batting average and .311 on-base percentage were far from desirable in the fantasy realm. Beyond that, strikeouts continues to be a problem for Alford, as he struck out 39.2 percent of the time last year, increasing his career mark to 37.7 percent across 100 games. The 27-year-old outfielder is an exceptional athlete, but he needs to fill the holes in his bat to let those physical tools shine. If Alford would get on base more frequently, fantasy owners would be more inclined to take a late round pick on Alford. In 2021, his sprint speed came in at the 98th percentile, and he's 11-for-17 on stolen base attempts in his career. His 10.7 percent barrel rate from last year looks very good, but an xBA of .199 and inability to hit non-fastballs continues to rear its ugly head. While he should get regular playing time for Pittsburgh, if he doesn't develop more at the dish, the couple of home runs and stolen bases might not be enough to outweigh a sub-.230 batting average and 30+ percent strikeout rate.