Outfielder Anthony Alford has cleared waivers Friday night and was outrighted to Triple-A Indianapolis. Alford was designated for assignment on the 24th by the Pittsburgh Pirates. This is the second time in Alford’s time with the Pirates that he cleared waivers.
Alford’s tenure with the Pirates has been far from smooth; between injuries, striking out a lot, and never putting it together has riddled the former highly-rated prospect. General manager Ben Cherington originally picked Alford off waivers from his former club, the Toronto Blue Jays, in August 2020.
Instantly Alford was placed on the 10-day IL in ’20 and then transferred to the 60-day. Besides the injuries, Alford’s slash line hasn’t been flattering, sitting at .235/.309/.423 with 61 strikeouts in 149 at-bats with Pittsburgh. Alford has just four at-bats in ’22 in the Majors and struck out two times.
Whether or not Alford remains healthy or finally puts it together remains to be seen. Maybe Alford is just another “Quad-A” player who dominates Triple-A but lays an egg in the Majors or maybe he finally figures it out. All we know is that he will now spend a decent amount of time in Triple-A to figure it out yet again.