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    Sheldon: Baker may look at moving Yonder Alonso to catcher

    Via Twitter once again:

    Also from #reds Q&A. Baker said org. has considered turning Yonder Alonso into catcher. DB: "Imagine a left-handed, power-hitting catcher."

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    Re: Sheldon: Baker may look at moving Yonder Alonso to catcher

    Wow. Instead of the obvious of Votto to left and Alonso at first, he tries this. Why couldn't they think of this with a guy like Francisco?
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    Re: Sheldon: Baker may look at moving Yonder Alonso to catcher

    Wow, that would be amazing if it works.

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    Re: Sheldon: Baker may look at moving Yonder Alonso to catcher

    I don't think we'll ever see Alonso start a MLB game behind the plate.

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    Re: Sheldon: Baker may look at moving Yonder Alonso to catcher

    Alonso is on a big league deal and the options are quickly going to expire. Can't imagine there is sufficient time to convert him, get him playing time and him to become major league caliber before the options are exhausted.

    Unless he's a natural, I have to wonder if Dusty is just joking and no one knows it.
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    Re: Sheldon: Baker may look at moving Yonder Alonso to catcher

    Alonso played some catcher in high school. I love the idea if they think he can be decent behind the plate.

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    Re: Sheldon: Baker may look at moving Yonder Alonso to catcher

    Quote Originally Posted by 11larkin11 View Post
    Why couldn't they think of this with a guy like Francisco?
    I've been advocating that for a long time.
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    Re: Sheldon: Baker may look at moving Yonder Alonso to catcher

    Why? Has he had the experience? Just makes sense to do what 11larkin11 said.. Lincoln now Yonder.. Guess later today we'll find out that Aaron Harang will attempt to close games when CoCo needs a day off..
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    Re: Sheldon: Baker may look at moving Yonder Alonso to catcher

    Quote Originally Posted by OnBaseMachine View Post
    Alonso played some catcher in high school. I love the idea if they think he can be decent behind the plate.
    Me too. I just don't think it can happen.
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    Re: Sheldon: Baker may look at moving Yonder Alonso to catcher

    not a good sign that it even has crossed someones lips
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    Re: Sheldon: Baker may look at moving Yonder Alonso to catcher

    My only question is this - if the organization has seriously considered this, then why wait until now when he's already in Triple-A? Why not last Spring Training?

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    Re: Sheldon: Baker may look at moving Yonder Alonso to catcher

    Quote Originally Posted by OnBaseMachine View Post
    My only question is this - if the organization has seriously considered this, then why wait until now when he's already in Triple-A? Why not last Spring Training?
    Probably because they didn't know Votto was going to be such a stud at 1B.

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    Re: Sheldon: Baker may look at moving Yonder Alonso to catcher

    Quote Originally Posted by flyer85 View Post
    not a good sign that it even has crossed someones lips
    Why not. If as stated before, he played catcher in high school...I don't see a problem with looking into it.

    Face it, Dusty and the Reds organization has way more info and data than we could dream of. If they think it is worth a shot, I'll be on board and will judge the decision mainly on the results.

    But for some on RZ just to shoot down the idea almost reflexively...I don't get it.

    If this idea would somehow beat the odds and work...holy cow would the Reds reap some awesome dividends.

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    Re: Sheldon: Baker may look at moving Yonder Alonso to catcher

    I like that Baker and company are thinking outside the box.

    But I don't think this will work or that Baker was completely serious.
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    Re: Sheldon: Baker may look at moving Yonder Alonso to catcher

    Quote Originally Posted by kaldaniels View Post
    Why not. If as stated before, he played catcher in high school...I don't see a problem with looking into it.

    Face it, Dusty and the Reds organization has way more info and data than we could dream of. If they think it is worth a shot, I'll be on board and will judge the decision mainly on the results.

    But for some on RZ just to shoot down the idea almost reflexively...I don't get it.

    If this idea would somehow beat the odds and work...holy cow would the Reds reap some awesome dividends.
    moving a high first round draft to the most difficult position on the field that takes years to master (ever wonder why catchers are generally late bloomers?) Smacks of desperation.

    What it says to me is the Reds screwed up this pick and don't think he will ever cut in the majors as a 1B. The guy is so unathletic that catcher is the only other position he could play.
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