Originally Posted by REDREAD
If we get an 800 OPS out of Alonso next year, I will be happy.
Expecting more from any rookie playing out of position is just setting yourself up for disappointment, IMO.
Honestly, I would love to trade him for pitching or even a true LF.
His bat will help the lineup, no doubt, but I don't think assuming an 850 OPS next season is really realistic. I do hope I'm wrong though.
I'd just really hate to see the club assume that Alonso is going to hold down the #4 spot behind Votto. (I don't think Dusty thinks that way, but some posters here do.. not criticizing or calling anyone out).
I don't necessarily mean next year, just going forward do you think he projects to be good enough to not cash in on his perceived value right now? .850 is maybe too high a bar but I think if he cannot do that going forward then we should deal him now. He's not a real good defender or a very good runner so his bat has to carry him.
I don't think I am gonna be giving him much of a mulligan for playing out of position in this case, he's had alot of time to get prepared for it what with his Louisville time out there and all offseason to prepare. If he does even OPS .800 this year (with a full season worth of PA's or at least more than half) then I might be impressed enought o change my mind. I hinestly think he likely start off with a bang and come crashing down hard pre-AS break, ending the season with most everyone not knowing what to expect because "he put up such great numbers the 98 PA's before that".