Originally Posted by Mario-Rijo
The difference is Bailey wasn't anywhere close to being ready either stuff or makeup wise. I have no concerns that Alonso could both hold his own (offensively at least) well enough to not be a complete disaster and it wouldn't hurt his confidence in the least. Probably just make him work that much harder to get here. I don't think it is a fair comparison at all.
Bailey had sustained success at the AAA level. Alonso has never even seen AA. The odds are extremely against making the jump from A-ball to the bigs. Why risk tainting your top prospect for a week in the bigs? I see no winning scenario out of this:
1) He stinks and loses confidence, a la Bailey- possibly setting him back and even reducing his potential trade value.
2) He does reasonably well, but gets sent back to AA upon Votto's return, possibly alienating Alonso.
3) He does well, and you alienate Votto by moving him to LF in the middle of a season where he is unquestionably your best player.
Which one of these three options are you gunning for?