Giovanny Alfonzo helped the High Point Rockers of the Atlantic League make the playoffs in their first year of existence in 2019.
So, the Rockers have brought Alfonzo, 28, back for this upcoming 2021 season to help solidify their infield.
Alfonzo, the nephew of New York Met great Edgardo Alfonzo, played in 112 games for the Rockers in 2019, hitting .248 with 11 doubles and led the team in sacrifices. He hit a tenth-inning single to beat the Long Island Ducks, 3-2, on June 16, 2019.
Alfonzo–whose dad, Edgar Alfonzo, managed in New York’s minor league system–played 75 contest with the Columbia Fireflies, a Mets’ Single-A affiliate in 2018.
Alfonzo, a native of Fort Pierce, FL, who suited up for Florida State and the University of Tampa, played in 65 games for Single-A Greensboro of the SAL. He hit .222 with two home runs, 14 RBI, 12 runs, and six doubles in 207 at-bats in 65 tilts in 2016.
A Miami Marlins draft choice in 2015, Alfonzo will be playing his sixth season of professional baseball.
High Point also inked infielder Michael Russell, who spent the entire 2019 campaign with the Rockers and appeared in 75 games while hitting .287 with 21 stolen bases, four home runs and 26 RBI.
Russell is a graduate of Hopewell High (NC) and played three seasons at the University of North Carolina, where he was a second team All-ACC selection in 2014.
— Jerry Del Priore