Jorge Alfaro to Make First Major League Start Tuesday Against Pirates

Sep 12, 2016; Philadelphia, PA, USA; Philadelphia Phillies catcher Jorge Alfaro (38) singles in his major league debut against the Pittsburgh Pirates at Citizens Bank Park. The Phillies defeated the Pirates, 6-2. Mandatory Credit: Eric Hartline-USA TODAY Sports
Sep 12, 2016; Philadelphia, PA, USA; Philadelphia Phillies catcher Jorge Alfaro (38) singles in his major league debut against the Pittsburgh Pirates at Citizens Bank Park. The Phillies defeated the Pirates, 6-2. Mandatory Credit: Eric Hartline-USA TODAY Sports /
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Jorge Alfaro, a major piece to the Phillies future, is finally here, and he’ll get a chance to start Tuesday night

Jorge Alfaro and Roman Quinn arrived to Philadelphia after Reading was knocked out of the playoffs by the Trenton Thunder last week with fanfare.

Quinn earned two starts out of the gate, recording both his first major league hit and stolen base Monday. His two doubles helped spark the Phillies 6-2 win over Pittsburgh.

Catcher Jorge Alfaro entered the game as a pinch-hitter, and beat out a slow-rolling ball for an infield hit.

While an infield hit is not the first thing you would have expected a power-hitting catcher to have as his first major league hit, he had as many hits as the starter Cameron Rupp.

With Alec Asher on the mound Tuesday, Pete Mackanin announced Jorge Alfaro will start behind the plate for the first time as a Phillie.

Asher and Alfaro both came over in the Cole Hamels trade last summer, so they have some familiarity with each other. Alfaro will most likely build chemistry and work with the pitching staff during the week, and make more starts once everyone is on the same page.

Jorge Alfaro is the Phillies number fourth ranked prospect in their farm system. He’s the highest-rated hitting prospect to arrive in the big leagues since Maikel Franco. An arguement could be made he’s the best prospect to come up since

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Cole Hamels.

Alfaro will be facing former Yankee Ivan Nova, who came over in a trade for two minor league players. Nova is 5-0 with a 2.53 ERA since coming over from the Yankees at the trade deadline.

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Nova’s only start against the Phillies came in June of 2015, when he pitched 6.2 shutout innings in a 10-2 Yankees win.

First pitch will be at 7:05 tonight from Citizens Bank Park with Alec Asher on the mound.

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