The future is now for reigning Champion Fargo’s young prospect, Alfredo Tirre. Since being plucked out of the Dominican Republic at the age of 16, the talented second baseman has risen through the minors at a rapid pace. After spending a couple of years in rookie ball, he split time between A and AA last year, combining to hit .313/.388/.571 16 HR 61 RBI, ending the season with the SL Champion Jacksonville Suns.
According to General Manager Andy Nemecek, he was to get a taste of the bigs during spring training, then be shipped back to AAA until he was ready to stay in the CBL permanently, later this year, or maybe next. A few injuries to infielders this spring has necessitated his rise to the top league earlier than expected, and to be honest, wanted, by the Nordiques’s.
Having just turned 20 years old during spring training, and with only four years in the minors, time will tell if it was too soon to throw him to the lions. It is expected he will start at 2B on opening day to help give him as many at bats as possible. He will have a few weeks to show his worth before 3B Curt Joyner comes off the IL. Here’s hoping this young rookie makes the decision on who to send down, a difficult one.