Q. Who are Jorge Alfaro and Nomar Mazara?

A. Jorge Alfaro is a 21-year-old Colombian catcher who's been the crown jewel of the Rangers system for some time. His intoxicating set of tools has made him a staple of prospect discussions for years, and after spending what amounted to a full year in Myrtle Beach, he's finally up in AA.

Nomar Mazara is the youngest player in the Texas League, and yet somehow the second teenager to play on this Frisco team. Just a few months past 19, Mazara was a multi-million dollar signee out of the Dominican Republic in 2011, and he'd spend most of this and last season with low-A Hickory.

Q. Is Jorge Alfaro fast?

A.Yes. Jorge Alfaro isn't just fast for a catcher, Jorge Alfaro's just fast.

Q. Is Nomar Mazara fast?

A.Not really, that I've seen. Of course, he's a 19-year-old kid who's listed at 6'4' but is probably closer to 6'5', and probably hasn't figured out how to best move all the height that's in his legs. I wouldn't ever expect great speed from him, but there could be a little bit more than he's showing right now.

Q. Can Jorge Alfaro hit the [your word of choice] out of the ball?

A. Yes.

Q. No, really. Describe it.

A. Oh, okay. When Alfaro gets a fastball to his liking, it can go a very long way. His first AA homer wasn't particularly moonshot-ty, but during batting practice Alfaro can hit fairly high up the batters-eye out to dead center. According to observations while Alfaro was still in Myrtle Beach, most of his power is to dead center, which should make things interesting in Frisco, where the centerfield fence is 409 feet away from home.

Of course, he has to get the bat onto the ball in order to smash it, something that will be more difficult against the more advanced pitching of AA. Alfaro currently struggles with 'soft and spinning' pitches, and with the tendency to expand his strike zone. However, there are two things about AA that could work in his favor. First, pitchers tend to be in the zone more, making it easier to find pitches to hit, and second, the zones tend to be more tightly called than in the lower levels, meaning that if he can learn some patience, his pitch should come to him.

Q. Can Jorge Alfaro catch?

A. I thought we were keeping this light-hearted and fun.

Q. Answer the question.

A. That's not a question.

Even in the two games that Alfaro has caught with Frisco in his short tenure with the team, it's obvious that he's at a different level than either promoted catcher Tomas Telis or his teammate Pat Cantwell. While his arm is impressive, he's allowed balls to get through his legs multiple times, not been able to corral wild pitches, and had issues when trying to transfer the ball from glove to hand.

This isn't to say that he won't be able to learn these things. Reportedly, what we're seeing now is a major improvement from last season, and catching some of the best pitchers in the system (more advanced and mature pitchers, at that, with (usually) better command) could help him settle in behind the plate.

Q. Tell me something good about Alfaro.

A. He already has a two-walk game with Frisco, his first multi-walk game of 2014.

Q. What about Nomar Mazara?

A. Though Mazara only has two hits with Frisco so far, those two were a double and a triple, and everything else that he's gotten the bat on has been hit hard, but right at fielders. Mazara's struck out a few times, too, but that's to be expected from a teenager in an advanced league, facing pitchers who not only have stuff, but know where it's going, too.

Q. How about his fielding?

A. He's had some good and some interesting reads in right field this series, making routine plays but sometimes struggling with balls that are hit to the wall. It hasn't been the mess that some have reported, yet.

Mazara's arm is impressive, if a little undisciplined. That's something I'd expect to improve as he matures as a fielder, but if he moves to first base (something that could happen) the accuracy wouldn't be an issue.

Q. Why were these two promoted when they were promoted?

You'll often see promotions after the trade deadline, when prospects who were being held at a lower level to showcase their abilities are moved up to a team that will challenge them.

Alfaro was likely promoted because Frisco was next on his schedule, and to make room for the promotion of Kellin Deglan to Myrtle Beach. He wasn't overly impressive with the Pelicans, therefore not forcing the promotion earlier, but the organization obviously feels he's ready for the AA challenge.

Mazara's overall numbers in Hickory are depressed by a slow start, but he hit close to .300 in his last few months with the Crawdads. Additionally, Mazara's regarded as one of the system's few teenagers who can take the ridiculous jump that is low-A to AA in stride.

Q. What's in the future for these two?

A. Both Mazara and Alfaro are likely to return to Frisco in 2015, along with Joey Gallo. If things break right, Alfaro could be catching in Arlington by 2016, and hopefully the jump start on the AA level will give him the time he needs to figure out both the hitting and catching sides of the equation. Mazara could be Texas' left-handed-power-hitting first baseman of the future. He could be a left-handed-power-hitting right fielder. He could split some time between the positions, but all of this depends on the whole 'left-handed-power-hitting' thing.

Q. Should I come see them?

A. Yes. Frisco has nine home games left (including today, excluding the Texas League post-season), and an entirely exciting starting rotation, never mind Jorge Alfaro, Nomar Mazara, or Joey Gallo.

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