Rumor Central: Phillies won't rush promotion of Jorge Alfaro?

Jorge Alfaro was one of the key prospects acquired by the Phillies in the Cole Hamels deal. Brace Hemmelgarn/Minnesota Twins/Getty Images

Jorge Alfaro is off to a torrid start at Triple-A Lehigh Valley, but the Philadelphia Phillies are in no rush to promote the top catcher prospect, reports Todd Zolecki of MLB.com.

Rumor CentralThe 23-year-old Alfaro is hitting .354 with three homers, 10 RBI and a .942 OPS in 16 games for the IronPigs, fueling speculation that he could be moving closer to a promotion.

“It might be a while before Alfaro is promoted, even if he keeps hitting well,” writes Zolecki. “Alfaro is in his final option year, meaning beginning next season, the Phillies cannot send him to the minor leagues without risking losing him.”

Alfaro, one of the key players acquired in the deal for Cole Hamels, could be in line for a September call-up when rosters expand, but could very well stay in the minors barring an injury to Cameron Rupp or Andrew Knapp.

ESPN’s Keith Law lists Alfaro 45th on his updated list of top 100 prospects.

- Doug Mittler