- Oct 20, 2015
I mean you call it depth but he’s instantly the most qualified major league catcher in the system.
He can also play left if Yoshi DH’s against a lefty it could get us another righty in the lineup.
Alfaro in LF is likely a "break glass in case of emergency" type situation. Of 478 MLB games, 21 of them were played in LF, 18 of them as a starter and he only finished 10 games at the position.He can also play left if Yoshi DH’s against a lefty it could get us another righty in the lineup.
Agreed, despite the strikeouts he's a lifetime .256 hitter. Once the 40 man puzzle is worked out, Alfaro has a pretty good shot to become the RH compliment the McGuire behind the plate.If he could learn to not strike out over a third of the time he'd be pretty intriguing. Hits the ball ready hard. Pretty good against lefties. Was awful at home in SD last year (52 wRC+) but great on the road (136). Swing could be good in Fenway (hits .456 when he pulls the ball).
But the strikeouts...
Well, 530 innings comes out to just 55 or so full games. So, to lead the league in passed balls while catching the equivalent of a little more than a third of a season doesn't seem so good.I dunno. He caught 530 innings last year and had 7 passed balls. It's not like he can't catch.
Thank you. Now, if he is just a bad receiver and pitchers don't like him, that's an issue. The odd whiff, while not ideal, seems pretty close to meaningless. He has 60 career CS and 49 PBs so on that basis alone he's saved runs.A passed ball costs you about a third of a run on average. Even being the single worst in the league doesn't really move the needle all that much.
Alfaro has 49 PB in 3340 innings. An average C would have about 18. So he's cost his team about 10 runs over 400 games.
This is a cool reel- pretty amazing how much our discourse about MLB has been influenced by access to technology and information.Thanks to MLB Film Room I found 6 of the 7 in question and made a reel of them:
One is a strike he botches. Most are pitches dipping low but not hitting the dirt.
Platoon catcher with a lifetime. 256 BA in 478 games played on that contract is a good signing, especially given the lack of depth at the position. Better still if he can marginally cut down on the KS and PBs.I suppose anything is possible, but is a 30 year old going to suddenly learn how to avoid passed balls or strike out less? I doubt the Sox coaches would be the first to try to address these issues with him.
I'm fine with having this guy around, especially since I don't see much upside to Wong, but let's not pretend that he might be more than he has already shown us over several seasons.
A very strong man. When he hits them they go far. Reminds me of Jason Momoa who plays Aquaman with the long hair and muscles. lol.
I thought this story was kind of funny:One of his Nicknames is El Oso...The Bear
Alfaro, who sliced a single to right in his previous at-bat, yanked a ball to left in the seventh inning off reliever Sean Poppen. As he made the turn to second, Alfaro shifted to an entirely different gear.
That type of gear should not exist for a 6-3, 230-pound catcher with the nickname “El Oso,” which is Spanish for The Bear.
“It was unbelievable,” Padres pitcher Blake Snell said. “Everybody in the dugout was like, ‘What the heck?’ He’s trying to get to third. He was moving. He looked like a fullback or something. I was impressed. I didn’t know he was that fast and explosive.
“I knew he was strong as hell, but I didn’t know he could move like that.”
“Oh my gosh,” said fellow catcher Austin Nola, shaking his head. “I thought he might be playing football, like a running back. He can run. I wouldn’t want to get in the way of that.”
Alfaro picked up the nickname from a coach in the Rangers organization, after being signed in 2010.
Not surprisingly, The Bear inhales food.
“I’m a big guy who likes to eat a lot,” Alfaro reasoned. “I have to stay in good shape, so I try to make good choices, eat a lot of vegetables.”
https://www.sandiegouniontribune.com/sports/sports-columnists/story/2022-04-09/san-diego-padres-diamondbacks“Wherever I go, I’ll play the same way and give 100 percent,” Alfaro said. “I just try to be part of the group and, you know, bring something every day to help the team.”
I've got a feeling that if he sticks around he's going to be a hit with his teammates and a fan fave.I thought this story was kind of funny:
The wild is littered with the carcasses of creatures that tried to run faster than the bear.That type of gear should not exist for a 6-3, 230-pound catcher with the nickname “El Oso,” which is Spanish for The Bear.
The wild is littered with the carcasses of creatures that tried to run faster than the bear.
How Fast Can A Bear Run? (The SURPRISING Speed of Bears) (wildernesstimes.com)
The parts of the article about his league-worst bad skills are tough to swallow though (one commentor noted that he had approximately 1700 ABs and has reached a 3-0 count just 37 times). Will truly be a roller coaster with this guy.The Alfaro signing seems significant enough to warrant its own thread.
FanGraphs just did a delightful piece on him here. Some quotes:
To hell with empirics; Alfaro is best enjoyed through highlights.
To watch Alfaro is to be tantalized by a man who abjures the oppressive strictures of modern baseball. Nowadays, ballplayers are instructed to play the percentages. Sometimes those percentages dictate taking risks: throwing as hard as possible, literally swinging for the fences. But the math underpins everything. Alfaro lives outside those norms. He charges boldly and gets his money’s worth, win or lose.
At his peak, Alfaro is faster than Cristian Pache or Cedric Mullins. His hardest-hit ball of 2022 came in (or, more accurately, went out) at 115.2 mph, harder than anything hit by Mike Trout, Kyle Schwarber or Joey Gallo in 2022. And he can play the hardest defensive position in the sport. How is this guy not a starter, let alone a star? The more useful way to ask that question is: How does the hitter with the worst contact numbers and plate discipline in baseball turn out to be an above-replacement-level player?
That was prior to '22 tho when he added 6 more!The parts of the article about his league-worst bad skills are tough to swallow though (one commentor noted that he had approximately 1700 ABs and has reached a 3-0 count just 37 times). Will truly be a roller coaster with this guy.
They’d have to clear a 40 man spot but generally this isn’t done. Kole Calhoun is in a similar position with NY, signed in April and opted out today, and the teams add them or let them go.He presumably wouldn't generate much of a return, but in theory could they put him on the roster and then trade him to a team that legitimately wants him in the big leagues?