- Bats Right, Throws Right
- Height 6' 0", Weight 180 lb.
Pitcher Alberto Tirado was signed by the Toronto Blue Jays as an amateur free agent out of the Dominican Republic before the 2012 season. He began his pro career directly in the United States, splitting that first year between the GCL Blue Jays and Bluefield Blue Jays, with a record of 3-2, 2.63 in 14 starts. Back with Bluefield in 2013, he went 3-1, 1.68 in 12 games, but in 2014 he struggled between the Vancouver Canadians of the Northwest League and Lansing Lugnuts of the Midwest League, combining to go 2-2, 5.00 in 30 games, including 10 starts.
2015 was an important year for Alberto, as he began the year with the Dunedin Blue Jays of the Florida State League, pitching full time in relief. He did well, going 4-3, 3.23 with 3 saves in 31 games, and on July 31st, he and fellow pitcher Jimmy Cordero were traded to the Philadelphia Phillies in return for OF Ben Revere. He stayed in the same circuit, finishing the year with the Clearwater Threshers where he was 1-0, 0.56 in 9 games. He seemed poised to move up quickly at that point, but experienced a setback in 2016 when he was hit hard in 2 games with Clearwater, surrendering 6 runs in 3 1/3 innings, and pitched the rest of the year in the South Atlantic League with the Lakewood Blue Claws. Back in the role of swingman, he went 7-1, 3.23 in 20 games, 11 of them starts. He was back with Clearwater, this time as a starter, in 2017 and went 5-4, 3.69 in 15 games. He earned a first look in AA with the Reading Fightin' Phils, where his ERA was 6.75 in 10 games, all in relief.
He was back in the bullpen full-time in 2018, and for the fourth straight year was with Clearwater. On August 6th, he earned a save in a strange game: his teammates had gone down in order in the first seven innings of the second game of a doubleheader against the Tampa Tarpons, having been mystified by Deivi Garcia. However, they managed to scratch out a run without the benefit of a hit in the first extra inning, the 8th, thanks to beginning the inning with a runner on second base, courtesy of the Schiller Rule. Alberto then came in to pitch and retired all three Tampa batters he faced, stranding the runner placed on second at the start of the inning, to save the 1-0 win. It was the first time in a decade that a Florida State League team had won a game without recording a single hit.