Re: Alonso thrilled to go to Reds at No. 7
Comments from Hurricanes fans on Alonso who've seen him play for a long time:
Very good defensively, smart hitter, great plate presence, who can hit the ball all over the field. He's been clutch this year. I could see him hitting .290 with 30 HR's.
He is as good a defensive first baseman as we have had at UM and we have had several good ones. He could have played 3rd base and catcher too.
He is pretty patient at the plate, and is a right handed pitcher's worst nightmare, but is not great against lefties.
honestly, he is likely to be stucka t first but i am sure he can play third in a pinch at the big league level. now the whole range thing baffles me. its not like the first baseman needs to cover a ton of ground and yonder is good with the glove for the most part. people knocking his defense are more about finding a weakness than actually hating his defense IMO.
In many of the fall practice games and scrimmages he played third base and he was more than adequate. I have heard that he can catch, but I have never seen him do it.
The absurd number of walks he gets is another telling stat. He's very patient which will benefit him greatly in the pros. He's kind of an MLB sure thing in my eyes.