Scouting Report: Yonder Alonso – 1B – CIN

Yonder Alonso – 1B – Cincinnati Reds. Bats: L Throws: R 6’2″ 210. DOB: 1.8.87. College: Miami (FL) Drafted: 1st Round (7th Overall) 2008.


Scouted: Louisville Bats @ Columbus Clippers 6.1.10 (In Person)


The Twins selected Alonso as a catcher in the 16th round of the 2005 draft, but he opted to go to Miami where he had a prolific college career as a first baseman. After leading the Canes to Omaha as a junior, the Reds used the 7th overall pick on Alonso and signed him to big league contract at the deadline.

Stuck behind NL MVP Joey Votto at first base, the Reds experimented with Alonso in left field in both AA and AAA last season to the tune of 30 total games. Alonso made one error and had an impressive 4 assists as an outfielder, but he’s just not fast enough to play out there at the MLB level.


College Stats

Year

Age

Class

G

AB

R

H

2B

3B

HR

RBI

SB

CS

BB

K

AVE

OBP

SLG

2006

19

FR

66

244

48

72

18

0

10

69

4

1

32

37

.295

.373

.492

2007

20

SO

61

210

57

79

13

1

18

74

13

3

64

31

.376

.519

.705

2008

21

JR

64

211

80

78

12

1

24

72

9

6

76

35

.370

.534

.777


Minor League Stats

Year

Age

Level

G

AB

R

H

2B

3B

HR

RBI

SB

CS

BB

K

AVE

OBP

SLG

2008

21

A+

6

25

1

6

1

0

0

2

0

0

5

5

.316

.440

.368

2009

22

A+/AA

84

295

33

86

24

0

9

52

1

1

41

46

.292

.374

.464

2010

23

AA/AAA

132

507

69

147

36

2

15

69

13

3

56

92

.290

.362

.458

TOT

222

821

103

239

61

2

24

123

14

4

102

143

.291

.368

.458

Major League Stats

Year

Age

Level

G

AB

R

H

2B

3B

HR

RBI

SB

CS

BB

K

AVE

OBP

SLG

2010

23

MLB

22

29

2

6

2

0

0

3

0

0

0

10

.207

.207

.276

It’s important to note that getting one live look doesn’t provide nearly enough information to produce a true scouting report, but that’s not going to stop me from giving you my report anyway.

HITTING: Alonso is a patient hitter who knows the strike zone well. His appeal is his above average BB% and his relatively low K% for a slugger. My big concern with Alonso has always been his ability to hit LHP, as he struggled in that area in college and in his first full year as a professional. Last year, however, Alonso hit a respectable .269 v. LHP in AAA and .273 v. LHP in AA.

POWER: Alonso has plus power to all fields and uses his patience to punish pitches in the zone.

SPEED: Alonso has well below average speed.

ARM: The arm is average and adequate at first base.

DEFENSE: The Reds have tried Alonso at third base and left field and there’s no denying that he’s a first baseman and nothing more. While he’s not fast, he’s athletic enough that he could develop into an above average defender at first base.

FUTURE: Though he received a late season promotion during Cincinnati’s pennate race, Yonder is clearly blocked by one of the National League’s best players. I anticipated that the Reds would have attempted to use an Alonso headlined package to secure a left fielder this off season but that hasn’t happened. Alonso will almost certainly start the season in AAA to garner consistent playing time and baring a Joey Votto injury, he’ll stay in Louisville until the contending Reds want to buy at at the deadline.

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