Originally Posted by nemesis
He's younger. Produced at a high level at every level. MLB ready by mid season this year. Hits both rightys and leftys. Has enormous power. Plays a postion of need. Stays healthy.
Alonso plays one postion and it doesnt help us. So what if he is ready by July... Great. Where does he play? Yet to hit LHP consistantly. Still hasnt played in AAA. Does seem to have much power yet.
If you're going Francisco then why not Frazier, who had better numbers in Carolina and plays better defense at multiple positions?
It can't be age, since we're talking about all of 8 months difference. Were Francisco's AAA and MLB stints so impressive? They were clearly luck, given he had unsustainable BABiP's of .412 and .615 at those levels. And as far as hitting both righties and lefties, I see a .718 career OPS vs. LHP.
I don't really understand the Francisco love. He's a valuable player if he can stick at 3B, but if he can't improve defensively and is forced to the OF, I don't see a guy who could be a regular MLB player. Not if he doesn't walk more.