This feels more like of a functional rookie post vs. a drool worthy one.  Which is odd, because I don’t know if Jorge Alfaro is a rookie.  I looked into it, and, from what I can tell, Alfaro still has his rookie eligibility.  But if he doesn’t, look at this as the first sleeper post that’s boring vs. the last rookie post that’s boring.  Man, I am selling the shizz out of this.  Any hoo!  Jorge Alfaro.  Confession Alert!  I ask Prospector Ralph for about ten names of rookies that will impact this year and then go off that list for these rookie posts.  I mean, who better to ask than the guy that knows more about prospects than anyone else?  Well, at least more about prospects than anyone I know, which, in my myopic world, is the same thing.  Any hoo, Part 2: Return To Hoosville, Ralph didn’t give me Jorge Alfaro as a name to cover.  I don’t think he likes him, y’all!  I can understand his trepidation.  Alfaro’s a catcher, that’s kinda boring.  For fantasy, however, a catcher that has an everyday job and won’t be drafted until late in redraft leagues has value, especially one with huge raw power.  So, what can we expect from Jorge Alfaro for 2018 fantasy baseball?

I think we might get a cheap top 10 catcher here.  I know, I know, hyperbole isn’t just Manute Bol’s brother.  By the way, I miss Manute Bol on the daily.  I love super tall people, that’s a fun fact about me.  Back to Alfaro!  Have you seen this guy hit?

Um, that’s off balance.  And to the deepest part of the field!  He’s a beast of muscles and skin and bones and–Okay, I was just reading from the human anatomy page on Wikipedia, but Alfaro does not appear to be a struggle-to-hit-15-homers type.  More like a perennial 20-homer catcher who might hit .215.  Yeah, that’s the pecca in the dillo, as no one says.  In 324 ABs in Triple-A last year, he hit .241 with a 32% strikeout rate.  That’s not going to translate to a .318 hitter like he was last year in his cup of coffee.  “Help, I’m in a cup of coffee!”  That’s a fly drowning.  Alfaro doesn’t walk to offset any of this massacre on Ks either.  Prolly an under 5% walk rate is what we’re looking at.  He does have some speed though, and could swipe five to seven bags on broken hit-and-runs and if Jon Lester pitches against him.  There’s not a ton to like, but immense power and maybe a handful of steals butters the ol’ biscuit when it comes to catchers.  As I said, functional vs. sexy.  In mixed leagues, I’m drafting this guy all over the place super late.  For 2018, I’ll give Jorge Alfaro the projections of 43/18/61/.232/3 in 507 ABs.

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Jack Deth
Jack Deth
4 years ago

You better get that whisk out. Oh man I have a Thanksgiving rant coming on

Jack Deth
Jack Deth
4 years ago

If you have ever paid attention to PR Lifshitzski’s comments, its fool of guys that know more, or at least claim to, about prospects than him.

Alfaro is a guy you draft to look cool, drop and add/drop 20 times and plays the left leg in your season of Frankencatcher. He will surely be a must start out of the gate in case that power surge that even the weakest of players have caught on to catches with him….does that even make sense. The sample size is way too small (thats what she said) but there is enough promise that could give us a little excitement to a position that reminds me of watching reruns of Gilligans Island. To put in better terms would you rather own the next Zunino or the next late career Mauer?

If I was still writing Creeper of the Week, which BTW, you totally need to bring back (That lazy [email protected] guy killed a razzstaple), I would think Alfaro and schedule go together like peas and carrots for when you add him in the RCL’s. If you hold him all year you’re doing it wrong

Jack Deth
Jack Deth
Reply to  Grey
4 years ago

@Grey: Of course in deeper leagues all bets are off and really that goes without saying and if someone doesn’t get that they should take up a new hobby like basket weaving or latin. He could end up a huge value in a standard 12 teamer depending how that roster is constructed. I’m going to predict a minimum of 25 dongs

Jack Deth
Jack Deth
Reply to  Grey
4 years ago

@Grey: The only way I could see him being kept around is if it’s a collectively down year by catchers or there is a rash of injuries or he picks up where he left off especially against RHP (.375 W/5 HR). I’m going to go out on a limb and say a lot of Philly hitters may be worth more than they were bought for at seasons end. That ripped Jew is going to light a fire under their asses and bring in the saber-style management that can only help them go up. As a playa, because you know you are, would you want the Jacked Up Jew pissed at you?

Jack Deth
Jack Deth
Reply to  Grey
4 years ago

@Grey: Id bet on them to make the wildcard. Don’t they have a lot of year 3 and 4 arms

Jack Deth
Jack Deth
Reply to  Grey
4 years ago

@Grey: the Giants and Cardinals are a testament to that

Jack Deth
Jack Deth
Reply to  Grey
4 years ago

@Grey: Whoever you get needs to go through the Sky school of training. I wouldn’t mind showing them but I know one thing for sure, IT WON’T BE ME. Its really a good exercise for newer writers because it’s A) low risk, meaning right or wrong you won’t hurt your readers team and B) It’s a good exercise in mining through the stats and learning how to read them.

Jack Deth
Jack Deth
Reply to  Grey
4 years ago

@Grey: I kinda hate that, If they had any sense, it keeps you closer to the possible breakouts and running the numbers only makes you better. You see the value in a 20% owned player vs a 40% owned player. But what do I know

Jack Deth
Jack Deth
Reply to  Grey
4 years ago

@Grey: Takes a man to pull it off…didn’t you used to write it?

Jack Deth
Jack Deth
Reply to  Grey
4 years ago

@Grey: Funny story. When I met Rick Wolf and he was kinda being a dick about what I was writing. I told him, “yeah it takes a real hard hitting analyst to write about Trout vs Harper”

Jack Deth
Jack Deth
Reply to  Jack Deth
4 years ago

That’s the most obscure rock n roll reference you’ve ever made….did Rudy teach you that?

Jack Deth
Jack Deth
Reply to  Jack Deth
4 years ago

wow, she must have been hot

Jack Deth
Jack Deth
Reply to  Jack Deth
4 years ago

You too GATFML!

What are you doing today?

Jack Deth
Jack Deth
Reply to  Jack Deth
4 years ago

Cooking all the sides to take over to my parents later. My back is such a fershlugina this morning!

You going to one of those hip Thanksgivings? I wish I would of known you were headed that way, you need to go the ice cream place and the homemade mexican popsicle places right off the 10.

Jack Deth
Jack Deth
Reply to  Jack Deth
4 years ago

@Jack Deth: creamed pearl onions? So many joke possibilities with that dish name.

Im doing stuffing, stuffin muffins, roasted sweet potatoes, green bean “casserole” and a raspberry sauce for a cheesecake my parents bought.

Jack Deth
Jack Deth
Reply to  Jack Deth
4 years ago

Ive never tried it with dego sausage. I always use the Jimmy Dean Sage sausage. I get dried cherries and reconstitute them in the wet part of the stuffing. So good.

Jack Deth
Jack Deth
Reply to  Jack Deth
4 years ago

Im going to take the left over stuffing and make stuffin’ waffles.

I keep forgetting ingredients. Last night I had to go to 3 stores to get fresh Thyme because when I went to the store the first time it looked like shit. Now I forgot the white wine….ugh!

Jack Deth
Jack Deth
Reply to  Jack Deth
4 years ago

I make my sweet potatoes with some fresh ground cinnamon and cayanne and tossed in butter at the end. So good.

Jack Deth
Jack Deth
Reply to  Jack Deth
4 years ago

no additional sugar though, the potato provides enough

Jack Deth
Jack Deth
Reply to  Jack Deth
4 years ago

Thats foul. Totally an SMH moment.

I just made like a half gallon of gravy

Matt
Matt
4 years ago

Hey Grey, got a pitching question for you.

I need to keep 7 SP so I need to cut a couple Would you rank in order these guys? Masahiro Tanaka, Lance Lynn, Michael Wacha, Luis Castillo, Vince Velasquez, Jack Flaherty, Alex Reyes, Brent Honeywell, Francis Martes.

I’m thinking I need to cut Martes and Velasquez but you might think differently. What’s your opinion? Thanks, and love the column! I’ll be keeping a closer eye on Alfaro now!

Matt
Matt
Reply to  Grey
4 years ago

@Grey:
Thanks man. Appreciate the advice! Great stuff here. I’m starting to dig this place!!!

Simply Fred
4 years ago

Grey, just wanting to get your take on the strategy of streaming hitters. The overall #8 RCL finisher did not draft a hitter until Round 13. Apparently, he relied a lot on Rudy’s hittertron to stream in the favored hitters for the day.

MattTruss
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Reply to  Grey
4 years ago

I agree 100%, you could technically not draft anything and still do respectable in the RCLs. It’s not ideal, but it could be done. I tend to lean anti-buy-in just to include everyone, but I am firmly in the no transaction cap camp.

Jack Deth
Jack Deth
Reply to  MattTruss
4 years ago

@MattTruss: Buy In’s? WTF!?!!??!!?? I don’t even play these anymore and that is just wrong. Draft is anywhere between 20-40% of how your team does depending on who you drafted. But it’s really how you play the game

Simply Fred
Reply to  Grey
4 years ago

@Grey: Just be clear, consensus of you, Matt, and myself is no limit on transactions.
However, Matt and I are against BOTs. Where do you stand on BOTs?

Simply Fred
Simply fred
Reply to  Grey
4 years ago

@Grey: well, i am guessing few have the skills. If they get an advantage, does not seem like a fair playing field. If bots want to form bot leagues, fine. You lose me if bots allowed in my league.

Simply Fred
Simply fred
Reply to  Simply fred
4 years ago

@Simply fred: one bot manager had two in the top 8 overall. That doesn’t compute to an advantage to uou?

Simply Fred
Simply fred
Reply to  Simply fred
4 years ago

@Simply fred: if half of the 1000 managers were bots, what would be the percentages that a non-bot would win?

Simply Fred
Reply to  Grey
4 years ago

@Grey: I, for one, will not pay a team entry fee that could pay a reward to a bot.

Simply Fred
Reply to  Grey
4 years ago

@Grey: I spent my career computer modeling. I earned the #1 ranking in the entire United States in my profession. It is only a matter of time that, given enough skilled managers with unfettered access to applicable data, that you, sir, would not stand a chance of beating the bots.
Enjoy the plunge. :-)

Tigres
Tigres
Reply to  Grey
4 years ago

Grey versus AI! How can we make this happen?!

Simply Fred
Reply to  Tigres
4 years ago

@Tigres: To make it happen, post the tools so that any can join the BOT parade.

Simply Fred
Reply to  Tigres
4 years ago

@Tigres: Eventually, a league Grey VS BOTS (11 of them).
:-)

Simply Fred
Reply to  Tigres
4 years ago

@Tigres: So, you going to engineer the BOT tools be posted?

Jack Deth
Jack Deth
Reply to  Grey
4 years ago

@Grey: What if you had premium RCL’s where you pay a buy in but the tools come with the buy-in. So essentially they can win money and get the tools for one low low price. Great way to kill two birds with one low low price.

Jack Deth
Jack Deth
Reply to  Grey
4 years ago

@Grey: Hey Rudy, you want to sell more subscriptions? Then package it with a Pay League fee and get your awesome BOTS even more exposure. Im an ideas man like Larry David

Jack Deth
Jack Deth
Reply to  Grey
4 years ago

@Grey: even more reason to give thanks for a great idea

Squat Cobbler
Squat Cobbler
4 years ago

Just read an article saying Bol might have been 40 years old in college and 50 whilst in the NBA! The guy who brought him over said Bol had no birth certificate. Although the same guy allegedly paid him to come over…so, not exactly the most forthright witness. Not to mention, you can’t believe what you read on the Interwebs…except the stuff Grey writes!

Tweak
Tweak
4 years ago

It was not long ago that some folks could have a reasoned argument over the futures of Gary Sanchez vs Jorge Alfaro. At the time of the Hamels trade, I felt he could have been the best piece headed to Philly in the deal. Barring a real Nick Williams breakout, he still could be.

In two catcher leagues, I’m still probably going with something like a Yadi/Kelly combo, but Alfaro could be a nice pickup at the end of an RCL next season. At least he has upside and every reason to play.

Duda Want to Build a Snowman?
Duda Want to Build a Snowman?
4 years ago

Great spot Grey! This is the sort of guy who saves us all the $5-$8 we’d blow on a Russell Martin type two catcher leagues. Instead we can spend minimal on a Barnes Alfaro combo and still be not terrible.