Originally Posted by flyer85
He is not a bust(yet) but if you compare him to Valaika, Turner and Frazier it isn't good.
College players drafted that early have an expectation to move quickly. A lot of people on this board have mentioned Alonso being ready by 2010.
Let me ask this, if Alonso is in High A ball halfway through the 2010 season will you be disappointed?
To answer your question on Alonso, it all depends on the circumstances. If he spends 2008 in Billings and/or Dayton, 2009 in Dayton/Sarasota, and 2010 in Sarasota/Chattanooga, I don't think it's necessarily a terrible pace. However, I don't think the speed of advancement through the system is a fair way to judge if a draft pick is a bust or not.
For the record, if you compare just about any minor leaguer, no matter what round he was drafted in, to Valaika, Turner, and Frazier, it still doesn't look good.
The fact that Stubbs was drafted out of college, if anything, lowers my expectations for the player. It tells me that he has a lower ceiling but a higher likelihood of reaching it. Drew Stubbs is playing solidly and is on pace to be an above-average center fielder, which is what I think the Reds expected from him.