Originally Posted by dougdirt
Here is what we know.... Joey Votto has over a third of a season's experience in playing left field. Joey Votto is faster than Yonder Alonso is. Joey Votto has a better arm than Yonder Alonso does. All of those suggests that Joey Votto would make a much better left fielder than Yonder Alonso will. We also know what Yonder Alonso is an average first baseman in the minors and that is likely to transfer forward to the majors.
And after that whole 1/3rd of a season in the minors he was switched right back to 1st base. All we really know is that he probably wouldn't spike himself out there. Just because he might be better doesn't mean he would be acceptable.
How well Alonso will play 1st base in the majors at this point is nothing more then educated guesswork.