Originally Posted by Scrap Irony
If the majority of scouts and prospect sites have said he has "defensive issues," (i.e., slow afoot, glove issues, footwork issues, range issues, et al) would that work for you, Bumstead?
It would work for me if people on here also admitted that they were fixated on anything slightly negative about Alonso only because Votto is the current 1B. It's ridiculous. Anyone that wants to can play 1B at an average level. That's why he's in the minor leagues: to improve his defensive technique and refine his hitting. That's what the minor leagues are for. He's an excellent prospect whether y'all like it or not. None of these "sources" even hint that he might end up a DH at age 25...That's why I find it silly to compare him to DH-only type players. I never said he was great defensively, I said he was fine (which I un-necessarily had to define). I quoted the range numbers, which were immediately thrown out the window (the only real numbers or "sources" in the whole exchange).
So Scrap: point me to a respected source that even hints that Alonso will be a DH-only by the age of 25 and I will agree that the comparisons to Edgar Martinez and Travis Hafner are valid. Otherwise, they are silly comps and that was all I was saying from the beginning.