With the spring training starting in just a little over a month there has already been questions about the catcher for the Texas Rangers.
During the offseason the Texas Rangers re-signed Geovany Soto and signed free agent J.P Arencibia. Both catchers signed a one year contract this offseason.
Mainly if Daniels wanted a long-term solution with either Soto or Arencibia. My guess is Jon Daniels is holding out and waiting to see what their top catcher prospect Jorge Alfaro will do.
Before this season, Alfaro had some disciple issues at the plate. But, this year he has been able to refine some of his skills throughout the year. With the Texas Rangers minor league team in Hickory, he batted .265/.346/.463/.809. He was able to throw out 31% of base stealers , but had 28 passed balls with 11 errors over 82 games.
Most recently, Jorge Alfaro played in the Arizona Fall League. He was named to the AFL Fall Stars team and won the title with his team. He finished second in batting average with .386/.438/.500/.938. To put that in prospective, Alfaro is in the almost in the top 10 in every batting category. Alfaro also does bring some power to the plate. In the AFL he hit 5 home runs, 6 was the most hit in the league.
Some of the traits that Alfaro brings to the backstop position are his abilities to frame the ball, quickness and to block balls in the dirt. His ability to frame the ball in the strike zone helps pitchers get strike calls from the umpire. These are qualities that pitchers love and sometimes isn’t found in catchers his age.
Along with his bat and defensive skills, Alfaro is a leader. This helps the young catcher command a game and call pitches. This is a quality that is easy to see in current catcher Geovany Soto.
Next year, Rangers fans most likely able to get a first hand look at him. It appears that next season he’ll be playing AA ball in Frisco. This is a big step up for the young catcher.
T.R. Sullivan says Jorge Alfaro will “most likely” be in AA Frisco this year, which would mean he’d skip high-A Myrtle Beach.
— Adam J. Morris (@lonestarball) January 6, 2014
Some say that Jorge Alfaro maybe the next Ivan Rodriguez. My guess is that we may see him in a Texas Rangers uniform as early as this year. I see him as Jon Daniels long-term solution for the Texas Rangers’ need at catcher.
- Ranked 88 by MLB.com in the pre-2013 prospect list.
- Ranked 1st by MLB.com for the Texas Rangers top 2013 prospect.
- Signed in January 2010 out of Columbia at 16 with a $1.3 million signing bonus