Originally Posted by mace
Still not really getting the Alonso love. I can appreciate the merits of a player who's already near-ready, but in Alonso's case there are any number of items that give me pause.
1. He's slow.
2. He's limited positionally.
3. He has a very long swing
4. with a discernible hitch in it.
5. His production in the minors has been somewhat tempered
6. by injury.
And 7. His famous plate discipline, although in an extremely small sample, has not yet shown up at the big-league level.
Also, does it maybe seem slightly significant that, while a couple months older than Francisco, he's slightly behind according to the Reds' schedule (going by such as call-ups and playoff roster)?
Yorman, meanwhile, offers a compelling blend of tools, production, position value and advanced youth. I don't really see the contest.
1. A ding to his resume, but not a dealbreaker
2. He only needs to stick at one position if he becomes a 900 OPS bat
3. There are a lot of big time Major League hitters with long swings
5. somewhat tempered...coming off surgery to the wrist
7. As you said, sample
I think you're letting 29 plate appearances at the Major League level play too heavily in No. 3, No. 4 and No. 7