Former Top Blue Jay Prospect Signs In Korea

Once one of baseball's top young prospects with the Toronto Blue Jays, six-year major league veteran Anthony Alford has decided to resume his baseball career in Korea. 

The KT Wiz of the KBO (Korean Baseball Organization) have re-signed Alford, who joined them in May of this past season after getting into two games with the Pittsburgh Pirates and signing a short-lived minor league deal with the Cleveland Guardians. 

Alford joined the Wiz, and he was tough to beat, batting .286 with an .871 OPS in 80 games in the KBO, with 14 home runs and a .362 on-base. 

The 28-year-old flashed 5-tool potential as a prospect in the Toronto system after being selected in the 3rd round of the 2012 Draft. But he just never caught on with the Blue Jays, playing in just 46 games across four years and batting just .200. It was much of the same when he tried his hand with the Pittsburgh Pirates for a couple of years from 2020 through a couple of games in 2022.  

Alford will earn $1.1M with the Wiz in 2023. 

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