Prospect Review – Yonder Alonso – 1B – CIN


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The Basics
Bats: Left
Throws: Right
How Acquired: Drafted in the 1st round (#7 overall) of the 2008 Amateur Draft by the Reds
Age: 23

Statistics

2009 – Sarasota (Florida State League – Reds High-A) – 49 games

  • .303/.383/.497
  • 7 HR, 38 RBI, 0 stolen bases
  • 24 walks, 30 strikeouts
  • .333 BABIP

2009 – Carolina (Southern League – Reds AA) – 29 games

  • .292/.372/.457
  • 2 HR, 14 RBI, 1 stolen base
  • 14 walks, 15 strikeouts

Rankings
Baseball America – #2 (CIN – 2010)
Baseball Prospectus – #4 (CIN – 2010) – 3 star
John Sickels – #3 (CIN – 2010) – B+

Analysis

Alonso was drafted out of the University of Miami in the 2008 draft, but only saw action in 6 games after signing with the Reds. 2009 was essentially his pro debut, and started his season at High-A Sarasota. He showed excellent plate discipline (24 walks to 30 strikeouts), along with some solid power (7 HR, 13 doubles) before being promoted to AA Carolina. Alonso was there for about 3 weeks before suffering a hamate bone injury which cost him almost 2 months of development time. August was a poor month for Alonso (.214/.358/.238), but he rebounded in September in split duty between AA Carolina and a brief call-up to AAA Louisville (.381/.447/.667).

I really like Alonso’s plate discipline (43 walks vs. 49 strikeouts overall), and think that the Reds could be trying to fast-track him towards the Majors. Alonso should develop power, and I could see him being a 20+ homer hitter in the Majors with a solid batting average.

The biggest concern I am seeing for Alonso right now is that he’s blocked at the Major League level, with 1B being played by Joey Votto. I get the impression that his fielding would limit him to either 1B or a corner outfield spot. He doesn’t really appear to have a lot of speed (1 SB, 0 triples), so I could see him potentially being a hindrance in the outfield as well. But thankfully, it’s  something the Reds do not have to decide on right now.

Outlook

Alonso looks like he’s going to develop into a pretty good hitter, both for average and for power. He’s probably 2 full seasons away from the Majors, especially if they cannot figure out a position to have him play effectively at the Major league level. However, they should be able to figure something out when his bat is ready.

Prediction for 2010

.295/.385/.490, 19 HR, 75 RBI (AA/AAA)

Expected ETA

Either late 2011 or early on in the 2012 season.

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4 responses to “Prospect Review – Yonder Alonso – 1B – CIN

  1. I have heard talks that Votto will be moved to LF so that Alanso can play 1B.

    • That wouldn’t surprise me if that happened. They really only have Jay Bruce locked in out in the outfield, and Votto did play the outfield fairly consistently in the minors too.

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