Team Preview: Catchers

Jorge Alfaro And Logan Moore Tabbed As 'Pigs Backstops

By Lehigh Valley IronPigs | April 1, 2017 2:52 PM

Now that the 2017 Opening Day Roster has been announced, we begin to take a closer look at the players who will begin the season with the Lehigh Valley IronPigs. First up on our team preview, we will highlight the guys behind the plate in backstops Jorge Alfaro and Logan Moore.

Alfaro is ranked among the best prospects in all of Minor League Baseball, being ranked as the No. 41 overall prospect by Baseball America and No. 72 by MLB Pipeline. Alfaro is also regarded as the third-best catching prospect in all of baseball by MLB Pipeline, and ranks as the Phillies No. 3 prospect by both Baseball America and MLB Pipeline.

One of the many prospects acquired in the July 31, 2015 trade between the Phillies and the Texas Rangers, Alfaro was traded from the Rangers along with Matt Harrison (lhp), Jerad Eickhoff (rhp), Jake Thompson (rhp) and Nick Williams (of) for Cole Hamels (lhp), Jake Diekman (lhp) and cash.

 The Sinceljo, Colombia, native played for Colombia in the 2017 World Baseball Classic before joining the Phillies in Clearwater, Fl., for Spring Training. With Colombia in the WBC, Alfaro hit .250 (3-12) with a home run and an RBI in three games.

In Spring Training, the 23-year-old hit .250 (2-8) with 2 2B in five games with the big league club, before hitting .143 (4-28) with a home run and three RBI in nine games with the Triple-A club.

Last season with Double-A Reading, Alfaro hit .285 with 15 home runs and 67 RBI in 97 games with the Fightin' Phils. Alfaro also threw out a resounding 44.0 % (33 of 75) potential base stealers, which was second best in the Eastern League.

Logan Moore returns to the IronPigs after playing in 31 games with the Triple-A club in 2016 where he hit .218 with four home runs and 13 RBI. After his promotion from Reading, the Scranton, Pa., native batted .406 (13-32) from May 16 through June 12 in his first nine games with Lehigh Valley. Moore threw out 40 % (18-45) of potential base stealers between Double-A Reading and Lehigh Valley last season. In fact, over his past two seasons Moore has combined to nail 47.5 % (47-99) stolen base attempts between Double-A and Triple-A from 2015-2016.

In Spring Training, Moore was a non-roster invitee to Major League Spring Training where he batted .176 (3-17) with an RBI and two runs scored in 12 games. After being reassigned to minor league camp, the Phillies 9th round pick in the 2011 draft batted .125 (1-8) with two RBI in three Triple-A spring training games.

This story was not subject to the approval of the National Association of Professional Baseball Leagues or its clubs.

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