Anthony Alford

#30 LF / Toronto Blue Jays / EXP: 3YRS / MINORS Height: 6-1 Weight: 215 lb Age: 24 College: Southern Miss Bats/Throws -/-

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      Blue Jays' Anthony Alford: Fans three times in return

      Anthony Alford (undisclosed) returned to action with Triple-A Buffalo on Tuesday, going 0-for-4 with three strikeouts.The 24-year-old left Saturday's game with an injury, the nature of which was never disclosed. Regardless, it seems he's fine after taking a couple days off to recover. Following the 0-for-4 showing, Alford's line with Buffalo is now down to .216/.295/.363, so he's not exactly making a strong case to return to the majors. Alford remains on the Toronto Blue Jays' 40-man roster.

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      Blue Jays' Anthony Alford: Nursing injury

      Anthony Alford exited Triple-A Buffalo's 7-2 loss to Rochester on Saturday with an unspecified injury, John Lott of The Athletic reports.It's unclear what led to Alford's departure, but he received just one plate appearance before exiting Saturday and didn't see any action in Sunday's series finale. The 24-year-old is slashing an underwhelming .226/.306/.378 in the International League this season, dimming any talk of a potential promotion even though center field remains a clear area of need for Toronto.

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      Blue Jays' Anthony Alford: Finding form at Triple-A

      Anthony Alford went 2-for-4 with two doubles, two runs scored and three RBI for Triple-A Buffalo on Wednesday.Nothing went right for the outfielder in April after his demotion from the big-league roster after just one game, but Alford has been productive in May, slashing .292/.376/.449 through 23 games with two homers, three steals, 15 RBI and 17 runs. The Jays haven't yet found a dependable center fielder since trading away Kevin Pillar, so the 24-year-old Alford could get another shot in Toronto if he keeps hitting, but time is running out for him to prove he has a future in the majors.

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      Blue Jays' Anthony Alford: Headed to minors

      Anthony Alford was optioned to Triple-A Buffalo on Thursday.Socrates Brito, who was acquired from the Padres earlier in the week, will take Alford's spot on the active roster, while the Toronto Blue Jays will likely proceed with an outfield consisting of Teoscar Hernandez, Randal Grichuk and Billy McKinney on most days. The 24-year-old appeared in just one game during his brief stint with the Blue Jays, going 0-for-3. Alford hit .240/.312/.344 with five homers and 17 stolen bases in 105 games for Buffalo last season. He'll remain a top candidate to join the big club should there be an opening.

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      Blue Jays' Anthony Alford: Not starting Wednesday

      Anthony Alford is not in the lineup Wednesday against Baltimore.Alford started his first game after getting called up Tuesday, going 0-for-3 at the plate. He'll sit Wednesday, with Randal Grichuk in center field and Billy McKinney in right. The playing-time break down in the Jays' outfield is yet to become clear.

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      Blue Jays' Anthony Alford: Takes over in CF

      Anthony Alford is starting in center field and hitting seventh Tuesday against the Orioles.He was recalled from Triple-A earlier in the day following the trade that sent Kevin Pillar to the Giants. It seems pretty clear that Alford is now going to be given a chance to establish himself as Toronto's center fielder of the future. He has had trouble staying healthy and he has failed to consistently produce in the upper levels of the minors. That said, Alford's above-average speed could allow him to steal double-digit bases and he has enough raw power to approach 20 home runs this season if he maintains an everyday job.

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      Blue Jays' Anthony Alford: Taking over for Pillar

      Anthony Alford was recalled from Triple-A Buffalo prior to Tuesday's game against the Orioles.This move was inevitable after the Jays traded Kevin Pillar to the Giants earlier in the day. Alford now appears poised for a shot at everyday work in center field for the big club. He has had trouble staying healthy and productive in the upper levels of the minors, but he has the raw tools to hit 20-plus homers and steal around 20 bases, so he is worth an add in many formats. Don't expect him to hit for a very high average as a rookie.

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      Blue Jays' Anthony Alford: Promotion likely imminent

      Anthony Alford could soon be in line for a promotion to the big leagues after the Toronto Blue Jays traded Kevin Pillar to the Giants on Tuesday, Ben Nicholson-Smith of reports.Alford had been vying for a spot on the Blue Jays' Opening Day roster during spring training, but the lack of an available full-time role for the 24-year-old may have influenced the organization's decision to send him back to Triple-A Buffalo. Now that Pillar is out of the picture, the Blue Jays don't have a natural center fielder on the roster, so it shouldn't be long before Alford is summoned to fill the void. While Alford should acquit himself fine defensively, how he might perform at the plate is more of a question mark. Alford does boast some impressive raw power, but it didn't show up in games last season, as he managed an underwhelming .656 OPS while striking out in 26.9 percent of his 417 plate appearances at Buffalo.

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      Blue Jays' Anthony Alford: Not joining big club

      Anthony Alford won't be recalled from Triple-A Buffalo ahead of Thursday's season opener against the Tigers, Gregor Chisholm of reports.In the aftermath of Wednesday's trade that sent Kendrys Morales to the Athletics, multiple reports suggested Alford would assume Morales' spot on the 25-man roster. Instead, the Toronto Blue Jays elected to bring on a similar first-base/designated-hitter type in Rowdy Tellez to fill the void. Though he won't crack the Opening Day roster, Alford should be near the top of the list for a callup if the Blue Jays should require an extra hitter at any point this season.

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      Blue Jays' Anthony Alford: Poised to make Opening Day roster

      Anthony Alford will make the Toronto Blue Jays' Opening Day roster, Shi Davidi of reports.Kendrys Morales was dealt to the A's on Tuesday, opening the door for Alford, who was optioned to Triple-A Buffalo last week. The 24-year-old outfielder flashed some of his upside during spring training, slashing .242/.342/.636 with four homers and a pair of stolen bases in 16 games. He figures to fill a reserve outfield role for the Blue Jays, though he could carve out a bigger role for himself if he makes the most of his opportunities.