Originally Posted by GAC
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.
That's the point for me though GAC. If the team thought it was a tenable option, the move would already be well underway.
I'm not as sold as others on Alonso yet. Yeah, I know he can hit and had an impressive 2nd have OBP. I'm not completely sold yet on his power though or his ability against LH starters. Sounds to me a lot like a young Sean Casey and that is a comparison that doesn't fill me with warm fuzzies.
I personally think this team got the lesser of several 1B candidates that came out around when Yonder did. Personally, if there are any takers out there, I would build a deal around Alonso and deal him. The team may not be so ready to do so though.
I a feeling that this Winter may go along way in telling the club whether they are going to have to start considering a deal for Votto down the road and thinking about his eventual replacement @ 1B and in the middle of the order. Do they hold onto Yonder because of that contingency?
Right now, YA is arguably the organization's top offensive corner prospect. I'm not so sure if that's because he's that good though, or if it's just a function of Francisco's plate approach and this organization's general neglect of all-around corner hitter's with power potential in recent drafts (and other talent acquisition avenues).