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Thread: Can Alonso Make It At Third?

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    Can Alonso Make It At Third?

    Just wonder if you think Alonso could make it an average third baseman defensively? Dusty Baker said not everyone is Pete Rose but Alonso has played the position before in college. So do you think he could make it defensively as a third baseman?
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    Re: Can Alonso Make It At Third?

    According to U of Miami, Alonso never played a game at 3b. I'd say it's a long shot.
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    When I picture Alonso at 3rd base I see Johnny Bench standing there like a statue. I just can't see this going well.
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    Re: Can Alonso Make It At Third?

    Give him a chance but the odds are very much against him.

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    Re: Can Alonso Make It At Third?

    I've not seen him play third, so I don't know. Is that one fo the choices?

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    Re: Can Alonso Make It At Third?

    I haven't seen anything that indicates that his hands are or aren't bad. His problems in the outfield seem to be mostly judging fly balls, which is what you'd expect with his lack of experience. Third base is more react than think; it's a totally different skill set.
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    Re: Can Alonso Make It At Third?

    Quote Originally Posted by chicoruiz View Post
    I haven't seen anything that indicates that his hands are or aren't bad. His problems in the outfield seem to be mostly judging fly balls, which is what you'd expect with his lack of experience. Third base is more react than think; it's a totally different skill set.
    Yeah I agree. His misadventures in left field don't prove he couldn't play third base. If he proves unable to handle third base it won't be because of "hands of stone", it will be due to a lack of mobility or a poor throwing arm. The biggest difference between playing first base (which he can do) and third base is the long throw. It requires a strong, accurate arm and a quick release.

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    Re: Can Alonso Make It At Third?

    I'm not confident that Alonso can stick at any position that requires he wear leather. I'm pretty sure that he'll hit major league pitchers though.
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    Re: Can Alonso Make It At Third?

    Quote Originally Posted by jojo View Post
    I'm not confident that Alonso can stick at any position that requires he wear leather. I'm pretty sure that he'll hit major league pitchers though.

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    Re: Can Alonso Make It At Third?

    I'd like to see him try. It's an area where the Reds have a need and they could use his bat in the lineup.

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    Re: Can Alonso Make It At Third?

    Where's the IDK choice since we haven't had a look at him. That's my vote. Give him a month there and see what he can do.
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    Re: Can Alonso Make It At Third?

    Quote Originally Posted by jojo View Post
    I'm not confident that Alonso can stick at any position that requires he wear leather. I'm pretty sure that he'll hit major league pitchers though.
    This.

    He's an average to below average 1B right now.

    OTOH, 1B and 3B are similar in reaction time, range, and quickness/ speed.

    His arm has always been considered adequate and seems to be strong enough. (Though it seems that 3B is once again turning into a defense-first position, as it was for the first 100 years baseball was played.)

    It's worth a shot (as was the LF experiment). If he can pull a Tony Perez or a Pete Rose, it'll be worth it. If not, he can always be dealt. There's nothing to lose in trying. (Though I'd probably wait for September to roll around before trying it consistently to give him more time.)
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    Re: Can Alonso Make It At Third?

    I said no, but I think his hands are fine. It's his feet I worry about.

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    Re: Can Alonso Make It At Third?

    I love how the Reds have developed this kid

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    Re: Can Alonso Make It At Third?

    Quote Originally Posted by icehole3 View Post
    I love how the Reds have developed this kid
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