Re: Yonder Alonso
In his short stay in Cincinnati, people thought Paul Konerko's swing was long and slow. Swings are hard to judge. Especially young power swings that are often fed a steady diet of breaking balls and off speed offerings.
I believe the Reds need to gamble with Alonso and hold onto him at this point. Let him get more at bats at the triple A level and hope he establishes himself as a can't miss, ready for the big leagues prospect. At this point, he has not quite achieved that status. If he can establish his potential in the minors, trade him for a glaring need come July.
Besides, and I doubt anyone wants to think about this, he gives the Reds some negotiating leverage when dealing with Joey Votto's agent. He also provides some insurance in case the Reds decide Votto will price himself out of Cincinnati.