Scouting reports on Detroit Tigers prospects Adrian Alfaro and Joze Azocar

With the 2015 Gulf Coast League in the books, James Chipman checks in with scouting notes and video on a pair of position player prospects; shortstop Adrian Alfaro and outfielder Jose Azocar.

Adrian Alfaro



Position: Shortstop  

Date of Birth: 09/19/1995 (19 years old)

Height/Weight: 5'9"/176

Bats/Throws: Left/Right



Scouting Notes

Short stocky build; strong lower half; solid present upper body strength with room to grow. Advanced approach; knows the strike zone; waits for his pitch; grinds out at-bats. Does the small things you like to see that don't show up in the box score, like sacrificing himself, hitting behind runners and making adjustments from at-bat to at-bat. His strong wrists and above-average bat speed should yield some future line-drive extra-base gap-power. He has average speed out of the box, but runs the bases well. Alfaro flashes above-average range and an average arm at short. The defensive profile might be better suited for second-base down the road.



Alfaro figured the league out after looking rather overmatched the first month of the season. He went on to bat .309 with an .807 OPS over 81 at-bats in August; with above-average walk and strikeout ratios spanning over the '15 season. Alfaro lacks a true standout carrying tool, but he's undoubtedly a well-rounded potential pop-up guy in the Tigers farm system.



Jose Azocar



Position: Center fielder  

Date of Birth: 05/11/1996 (19 years old)

Height/Weight: 5'11"/165

Bats/Throws: Right/Right



Scouting Notes

Athletic frame; should continue to fill out nicely. Confident and cocky individual; has "swag". Aggressive approach. Struggles with velocity in the upper-third of the strike zone. Streaky hitter: when he's hot, he's nearly untouchable at the plate for long periods of time; on the flip-side, he's prone to long slumps. Rather average bat speed coupled with lack of significant current strength yields limited over-the-fence power projection; could change if he bulks up. Ability to drive the ball to the gaps and his speed should however easily provide some doubles and triples. Flashes plus speed down the line; pesky base-runner; will go first-to-third when opportunity permits. Utilizes speed well on defense, glides smoothly from gap to gap; gets good reads on fly balls; potential plus defender that made a handful of game-changing plays over my observation. Average arm strength; not necessarily an asset, but enough for center field; likely won't be exposed.



Azocar finished the season strong, batting a ridiculous .411 while posting a .984 OPS over 95 at-bats in August. His .325 batting-average was 3rd best in GCL, and his .777 OPS was 8th best on the circuit. Azocar is raw, but he projects average potential across the board, with potential plus defense, giving him solid big-league potential. 

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