Re: Yonder Alonso
He only played LF 17 games at the AAA level (Louisville) last year, so I think that is a pretty small window to make any type of valued observation as to how well he'd do, even at the ML level. To say that he couldn't do any worse then Gomes is still taking a huge risk IMO.
If the Reds are serious about converting this kid to LF then they need to insert him there at Louisville and see how he does for an extended period of time. Not experiment at the ML level.
"panic" only comes from having real expectations