Originally Posted by 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.
Wow relax, I see nothing wrong with someone saying a player has weaknesses if that said player does in fact have those weaknesses. In your first statement you said "A fine 1st baseman" that has a very different meaning than he is fine at first. I don't think you will find one person on this board who doesn't think Alonso is a fine prospect but some on this board get hook on the hype and think he is Albert Pujols right now.