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Jun 06, 2013 - Jun 08, 2013     
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Anthony Alford
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(5/16/12): Anthony Alford was the 2011 Mississippi Gatorade Football Player of the Year as dual-option quarterback and was offered by such traditional football powerhouses as LSU and Nebraska before committing to Southern Mississippi to play both football and baseball in college. He rushed for 1,731 yards and 24 touchdowns and passed for 2,058 and 20 additional scores as a high school senior. Alford is a different type of quarterback prospect than fellow top baseball prospect and Alabama Gatorade POY Jameis Winston. While Winston has a pro quarterback prospect’s size and arm strength, Alford is a pure athlete with running back size and less than ideal throwing mechanics and arm strength at the quarterback position. Although clubs are increasingly playing less attention to statements that players have no interest in turning professional out of high school, having been burned too many times by that approach, when word circulated that Alford had made such a statement earlier this spring it carried some weight. Not only was Alford in a very comfortable situation regarding school and his sports future, the new CBA draft rules limit the flexibility that teams have in buying talented dual sport athletes out of their second sport. That situation seems to have changed recently, though. Perfect Game was told this week by a cross checker from a National League team that Alford is “back on the market” amidst talk that the person who issued the “no interest in professional baseball at this time” statement wasn’t authorized to do so and that Alford is now telling scouts he is open to discussions. That is potentially good news for professional baseball, as Alford could develop into a dynamic baseball player if he decided to dedicate himself to the sport full-time. A right handed hitter, Alford has the type of power/speed combination that scouts can dream into a 30 home run/30 stolen base threat at the big league level. His 40 time is listed on football recruiting sites at 4.45 sec. and although he doesn’t have a recorded 60 time at a major baseball event, something in the 6.3 to 6.4 area wouldn’t be surprising. He has an explosive first step on the bases and a football player’s aggressiveness. Alford’s swing mechanics will need some adjustments at the next level but he has some feel for hitting and a good idea at the plate for someone with his experience. He hits from an open stance with a short, aggressive swing that generates plus raw bat speed. He has enormous strength in his hands and the ball jumps off his bat hard to all fields and especially right centerfield. Alford will have to work on getting his swing on plane with the ball for a longer period but shows the requisite hand/eye coordination and vision to make adjustments to the ball. As is frequently the case with tightly wound, extra strong athletes of Alford’s body type, his throwing arm is his least impressive tool, although it is playable for centerfield. One of the misconceptions about the new draft rules is that there is less money available but that is not the case in all areas of the draft and especially not in the first compensation round where Alford is projected to go based on his talent. The bonus slots used to determine team’s overall draft pools exceed $1,000,000 all the way down to the 50th overall pick. Teams have no idea what Alford’s price might be at this point but if he does have an open attitude to starting his professional baseball career at this point, he has the talent and draft stock to be well compensated for giving up his college football career.




Jul 09, 2011 - Jul 15, 2011   Marucci Elite  7
East Cobb Complex - Marietta, GA
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Jun 16, 2011 - Jun 19, 2011   8-Royal  27
City of Palms Park - Ft. Myers, FL
Anthony Alford
OF SS 6-1 205   R/R

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Anthony Alford is a 2012 OF with a 6-2 210 lb. frame from Petal, MS who attends Petal HS. Extra strong chiseled build. Open stance at the plate, very strong hands, short and quick to contact, the ball jumps hard, drives the ball to the gaps, will be able to hit the ball out to all fields with more experience, needs to keep the barrel on plane longer for consistent hard contact. Sound athletic actions defensively, accurate arm, playable present arm strength. Didn't run 60 but likely plus/plus runner. Football standout, Mississippi 2010 State Player of the Year, high level dual threat quarterback recruit, has some present baseball skills despite that. Outstanding all around athlete.
PG Grade 10.0




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Jun 09, 2011 - Jun 12, 2011   Marucci Elite  7
East Cobb Complex - Marietta, GA
Anthony Alford
OF SS 6-2 210   R/R

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Jul 13, 2010 - Jul 19, 2010   Marucci Elite 16s  2
East Cobb Complex - Marietta, GA
Anthony Alford
OF SS 6-1 195   R/R

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Jul 06, 2010 - Jul 12, 2010   Marucci Elite 16s  2
East Cobb Complex - Marietta, GA
Anthony Alford
OF SS 6-1 195   R/R

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Jun 10, 2010 - Jun 13, 2010   Marucci Elite 16s  2
East Cobb Complex - Marietta, GA
Anthony Alford
OF SS 6-1 195   R/R

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