Cheryl Pursell

The top catching prospect in the Phillies organization is heading for the majors

While Jorge Alfaro may get to make his major league debut, his first cup of coffee in the majors may be to-go. Newly acquired A.J. Ellis hasn't joined the team yet, so Alfaro could be back with Reading in just a few days.

Reading Fightin Phils catcher Jorge Alfaro was recalled by the Philadelphia Phillies Friday afternoon. 

Alfaro was hitting .279 with 13 home runs and 61 RBI in 90 games for the Fightins this season before getting the call to the big leagues. He was named to the mid-season Eastern League All-Star team and served as the starting catcher for the Eastern Division squad. Alfaro was also named Eastern League Player of the Week for the week of April 7th through April 17th.

Behind home plate, Alfaro was equally as talented, throwing out 44.3% (31-of-70) of all attempted baserunners, the second-best mark among Eastern League catchers.

Before his call up to the majors, the Colombian catching prospect entered the season rated by Philly Baseball Insider as the eighth-best prospect in the Phillies organization. Alfaro was acquired by the Phillies last season as part of the Cole Hamels trade with the Texas Rangers, and was originally signed by the Rangers as an international free agent on January 19, 2010. 

It's likely that while he will be sent back down to Reading, Alfaro could return to the majors by mid-September, depending on when the Fightins playoff run comes to an end.


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