There’s no way to substantiate this, but Anthony Alford might have the MLB record for burning through three options with the least amount of service time. Believe it or not, the Blue Jays outfielder is on his third option year, having played only 22 games at the major league level since 2017.
At age 25, Alford’s barely gotten his feet wet with the Blue Jays and yet they need to decide this offseason whether he’s worth keeping on the 40-man roster, or if it’s time to sever ties with their multi-talented outfielder.
For a frame of reference, Alford was drafted the same year as Marcus Stroman and Ryan Borucki. Stroman has come and gone, Borucki had a promising rookie campaign in 2018, but Alford never established himself like others from the 2012 draft.
Alford’s narrative is similar to Dalton Pompey’s; a promising young prospect with all the tools to play centre field for the Blue Jays, whose career was mired by injuries. With Alford, a broken hamate bone, a serious concussion and a hamstring injury derailed his development.
Finally healthy again this year, Alford’s getting a look in the outfield as one of the Blue Jays’ select few …
Author: Ian Hunter / Blue Jays Nation