YONDER ALONSO IS VERSATILE?
WHERE WILL THE YOUNG PROSPECT
LAND IN 2010?
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I would like to
start off by saying that I am just as excited as anyone else to see what
Yonder Alonso can do in the big leagues. But, did I ever think that he would
be doing it at any position other than first base? No way. Not to
discredit any first basemen out there, I just always assumed it was more of
an offensive position and the Reds knew that they were recruiting a bat.
With the emergence of players like Albert Pujols and potentially our own
Joey Votto, I humbly correct myself.
Could the former No. 7 draft pick reinvent himself and become a versatile
player defensively? Could he end up in the outfield, third base, or even
behind the plate? (Dusty Baker has mentioned that Alonso is built like a
catcher.) With the Reds' solid infielders and barrage of outfielders, Alonso
knows acknowledges the need for utility.
“I’ll do whatever I can to get on the field,” he said. “Give Joey a day off.
Give Scottie (Rolen) a day off. Play left a day.”
With an attitude like that he could very easily be on his way to the big
league club if/when the eventual injuries occur. His bat alone may land him
in a Reds uniform this season, but let's just hope that his optimism can
translate into a decent fielding percentage when the time comes. No matter
what happens, we can only hope that the Reds get the offense that they
bargained for. Anything else, in my opinion, would be sprinkles on a
Even if we don't see Alonso this season his arrival is still highly
anticipated. He is a cog that provides hope to Reds fans who believe this
organization is heading into new direction. A direction towards winning. And
his desire cannot be denied.
"I play with a lot of hunger. I consider myself a line-drive hitter. I can
drive the ball, but I'm more of a gap-to-gap guy. I'm a very passionate guy.
I take baseball very seriously. I'm a winner."
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