Jorge Mario Alfaro Buelvas was born on June 11th, 1993 in Sincelejo, Colombia. He was a two-sport athlete in Colombia as he played both baseball and soccer at Instituto Tecnico Industrial Antonio Prieto. He played so well in Colombia, that he was immediately on the MLB radar and signed with the Texas Rangers in 2010 as a 16-year-old free agent.
Alfaro’s signing bonus set a record for any Colombian prospect at $1.3 million. By 2013, Alfaro was ranked inside the top 100 prospects as ranked by MLB.com. In his first extended professional season, Alfaro hit .261 with 13 home runs and 73 RBI in just 76 games and was then ranked the #2 prospect in the Carolina League.
At the trade deadline in 2015, Alfaro was part of a large package that the Rangers sent to the Phillies in exchange for Cole Hamels. Immediately, Alfaro was named the 5th best prospect in the Phillies organization. As he hit the Major Leagues in 2018, he batted .262 with 10 home runs, 37 RBI, and he had the best arm strength of any catcher in the Majors. He never quite got it going with the Phillies, but he was still seen as a talent, and in early 2019 he was traded to the Marlins in a package for J.T.Realmuto. In 2019 with the Marlins, Alfaro hit .262 with 18 home runs and 57 RBI. He played in the most amount of games he has ever played in the Majors with 130. Alfaro is starting to come into his own with the Marlins and will be at the center of a youth movement that has Miami very excited about their future.
By STEVE FARACE | cinesportstalk.com | @CineSportsTalk