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P • Everett AquaSox (SEA-A+) • Virginia Tech (2019-21)
Peyton Alford tailored a 2.83 ERA during his 2023 season in High-A (Everett AquaSox), finishing with a 4-4 record while earning six saves and seven holds across 41 relief appearances (47 and two-thirds innings pitched).
Alford bounced back from a lackluster April to toe a 2.70 ERA during the month of May, rebounding to allow nine earned runs across his final 35 outings. He was nearly unhittable during July, achieving a perfect, 0.00 ERA while allowing one hit through nine and two-thirds innings (14 strikeouts).
Through three minor league seasons, Alford is sporting a 12.67 strikeouts per nine innings mark.
Nick Biddison continued his tenure in Single-A (Rancho Cucamonga Quakes) at the start of the 2023 campaign before earning promotion to High-A (Great Lakes Loons) on Aug. 4.
Biddison batted .240 with four doubles, three triples, seven home runs and 29 RBIs through his 64 games played this season with Rancho Cucamonga, later delivering four doubles and a home run during his 26 games played with Great Lakes. Joining the first half champions of the Midwest League, he and the Loons are competing in this week’s best-of-three Midwest League Division Series against the Fort Wayne TinCaps (San Diego Padres).
Considering the entire 2023 regular season, Biddison hit .219 with nine doubles, three triples, eight home runs and 39 RBIs, swiping five bases.
Graham Firoved debuted in High-A with the Aberdeen IronBirds at the beginning of the 2023 season, logging 38 and one-third innings pitched through his 32 appearances.
Firoved (0-3, 7.23 ERA) was the author of 46 strikeouts, converted three saves and was credited with three holds in relief. He opened the year with a 3.38 ERA during the month of April, set season monthly highs in strikeouts (15) and opposing batting average (.219) during June while posting a 3.60 ERA during July.