IMO if Alonso can't help the team this year then you begin to seriously question whether the team made a mistake with the pick. i understand he is just 23 years old but if he can't crack the bigs at age 23 his chances of being a future All Star seem a bit remote. not saying it couldn't happen. just saying late bloomers who become All Stars are a bit rare.
Anyone have any details on how Alonso has done in LF so far this year?
It's not like Alonso isn't gonna ask for the stars at some point so might as well take the bird in the hand.
Last edited by Mario-Rijo; 05-13-2010 at 07:37 PM.
"You can't let praise or criticism get to you. It's a weakness to get caught up in either one."
Alonso actually has pretty close #s to newly promoted Mets 1B Ike Davis.
I've been bagging on his power but to be fair, he's on par with Davis who is not a bad player at all.
Whether or not you want those numbers from the #7 overall pick is a different argument, but if he can figure out a way to churn out that niche, that's a useful piece to the Reds.
Understand the argument about being 23 already, but he did have the injury that slowed his progress significantly. If he's not 100% give him another year before you pronounce him not worthy of being an all star caliber player.
And, let's be honest, the Reds aren't getting tremendous / irreplaceable production from Left Field right now as it is (offensively or defensively). If Alonso can hit reasonably well and field reasonably well, there will be a spot on the major league lineup card for him in fairly short order.
24 Years and Counting...
Alonso was hitting .267/.388/.406 at Double-A Carolina.
He'll continue to play both left field and first base at Louisville.
it seems like we have a couple of guys (GOYA comes to mind) who watch the Bats games nightly. nobody i know of watches the AA games every night. so hopefully GOYA & others can fairly quickly give the rest of the board an assessment of Alonso's defensive ability in LF.
Anyone know if his glove work is improving or not? I know that has always been a big question about him.
Promoting or Showcasing?
I think he will be the key to any deal Walt makes.
It's not like Drew Stubbs anyway, where the excuses about his numbers always pertained to the league or parks he was playing in or they were changing his swing or something. He needed a lot of adjustments. Alonso will be fine as is once his hand is 100%.
I hope it's never sunny in Philly again.