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2018 Projections (Rest of Season Projections - seasonal age 31)
PA AVG HR R RBI SB TAv WARP
2 .000 0 0 0 0 .257 0.0
Birth Date4-8-1987
Height6' 1"
Weight230 lbs
Age31 years, 6 months, 11 days
BatsL
ThrowsR
0.52014
1.12015
0.42016
1.42017
0.72018
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WARP Summary

MLB Statistics

YEAR TEAM AGE G PA AB R H 2B 3B HR TB BB SO HBP SF SH RBI SB CS AVG OBP SLG TAv VORP FRAA WARP
2010 CIN 23 22 29 29 2 6 2 0 0 8 0 10 0 0 0 3 0 0 .207 .207 .276 .167 -2.4 1.4 -0.1
2011 CIN 24 47 98 88 9 29 4 0 5 48 10 21 0 0 0 15 0 0 .330 .398 .545 .316 8.5 -2.1 0.7
2012 SDN 25 155 619 549 47 150 39 0 9 216 62 101 3 4 1 62 3 0 .273 .348 .393 .275 10.0 9.1 2.0
2013 SDN 26 97 375 334 34 94 11 0 6 123 32 47 2 7 0 45 6 0 .281 .341 .368 .262 1.4 3.9 0.6
2014 SDN 27 84 288 267 27 64 19 1 7 106 17 36 1 3 27 6 1 .240 .285 .397 .253 2.2 2.1 0.5
2015 SDN 28 103 402 354 50 100 18 1 5 135 42 48 3 3 0 31 2 5 .282 .361 .381 .271 6.3 3.7 1.1
2016 OAK 29 156 532 482 52 122 34 0 7 177 45 74 1 4 0 56 3 1 .253 .316 .367 .245 -2.0 6.0 0.4
2017 OAK 30 100 371 319 52 85 17 0 22 168 50 88 2 0 0 49 1 0 .266 .369 .527 .294 16.8 -2.7 1.4
2017 SEA 30 42 150 132 20 35 5 0 6 58 18 30 0 0 0 18 1 0 .265 .353 .439 .265 2.4 -2.8 -0.0
2018 CLE 31 145 574 516 64 129 19 0 23 217 51 123 2 5 0 83 0 0 .250 .317 .421 .261 7.6 -0.6 0.7
Career95134383070357814168290125632757814261389227.265.336.409.26650.818.07.2

Statistics for All Levels

'opp' stats - Quality of opponents faced - have been moved and are available only as OPP_QUAL in the Statistics reports now.
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YEAR Team Lg G PA TAv oppAVG oppOBP oppSLG oppTAv BABIP BPF BRAA repLVL POS_ADJ FRAA BRR BVORP BWARP VORP WARP
2008 SAR A+ 6 25 .317 .255 .321 .376 .246 .429 100 1.6 0.8 -0.5 -0.0 -0.1 1.7 0.2 1.7 0.2
2009 SAR A+ 49 201 .312 .253 .320 .366 .254 .333 95 11.1 5.9 -3.8 2.2 -0.7 12.6 1.5 12.6 1.5
2009 CAR AA 29 121 .320 .252 .329 .369 .265 .330 92 7.6 3.4 -2.2 3.1 -0.0 8.8 1.2 8.8 1.2
2009 RDS Rk 6 18 .175 .231 .288 .333 .244 .143 89 -1.7 0.6 -0.4 0.0 -1.4 -2.9 -0.3 -2.9 -0.3
2010 CIN MLB 22 29 .167 .262 .333 .417 .274 .316 99 -2.7 0.8 -0.2 1.4 -0.3 -2.4 -0.1 -2.4 -0.1
2010 CAR AA 31 121 .273 .263 .330 .388 .261 .293 98 1.6 3.5 -1.5 0.5 -1.0 2.6 0.3 2.6 0.3
2010 LOU AAA 101 445 .279 .268 .336 .424 .259 .340 99 9.7 13.5 -7.7 0.4 -4.3 11.3 1.1 11.3 1.1
2011 CIN MLB 47 98 .316 .249 .312 .384 .254 .387 103 5.4 2.6 -0.5 -2.1 0.9 8.5 0.7 8.5 0.7
2011 LOU AAA 91 409 .282 .259 .327 .400 .254 .324 95 10.6 12.7 -4.6 -7.5 -2.2 16.5 0.9 16.5 0.9
2012 SDN MLB 155 619 .275 .252 .315 .398 .258 .318 95 9 17.0 -10.7 9.1 -5.3 10.0 2.0 10.0 2.0
2013 SDN MLB 97 375 .262 .257 .315 .399 .259 .306 99 0.7 9.9 -6.2 3.9 -3.0 1.4 0.6 1.4 0.6
2013 TUC AAA 4 14 .355 .276 .337 .413 .267 .571 111 1.4 0.4 -0.3 -0.1 -0.2 1.4 0.1 1.4 0.1
2014 SDN MLB 84 288 .253 .256 .315 .394 .264 .251 95 -1.9 7.4 -4.6 2.1 1.3 2.2 0.5 2.2 0.5
2014 ELP AAA 5 17 .006 .269 .326 .424 .270 .267 103 -0.3 0.0 0 -0.3 0.1 -0.1 -0.0 -0.1 -0.0
2014 PDR Rk 2 8 .369 .261 .325 .356 .287 .333 101 1 0.3 -0.2 0.0 0.0 1.1 0.1 1.1 0.1
2015 SDN MLB 103 402 .271 .258 .320 .414 .268 .312 97 4.2 10.9 -6.8 3.7 -2.0 6.3 1.1 6.3 1.1
2015 LEL A+ 2 9 .273 .257 .328 .392 .274 .167 95 0.1 0.2 -0.2 -0.2 -0.1 0.1 -0.0 0.1 -0.0
2015 ELP AAA 4 17 .270 .242 .330 .365 .266 .300 113 0.2 0.5 -0.3 -0.4 -0.3 0.0 -0.0 0.0 -0.0
2016 OAK MLB 156 532 .245 .260 .320 .426 .260 .284 96 -8 15.0 -9.2 6.0 0.2 -2.0 0.4 -2.0 0.4
2017 OAK MLB 100 371 .294 .254 .321 .430 .260 .301 105 13 10.8 -6.8 -2.7 -0.2 16.8 1.4 16.8 1.4
2017 SEA MLB 42 150 .265 .258 .321 .438 .260 .302 101 0.8 4.4 -2.7 -2.8 -0.1 2.4 -0.0 2.4 -0.0
2018 CLE MLB 145 574 .261 .257 .328 .423 .269 .283 106 0.6 16.1 -10.2 -0.6 1.1 7.6 0.7 7.6 0.7

Statistics For All Levels

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Year Team Lg PA R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO SB CS AVG OBP SLG ISO TAv VORP FRAA WARP
2008 SAR A+ 25 1 6 1 0 0 2 5 5 0 0 .316 .458 .368 .053 .317 1.7 -0.0 0.2
2009 SAR A+ 201 21 53 13 0 7 38 24 30 0 1 .303 .387 .497 .194 .312 12.6 2.2 1.5
2009 RDS Rk 18 0 2 0 0 0 0 3 1 0 0 .133 .278 .133 .000 .175 -2.9 0.0 -0.3
2009 CAR AA 121 12 31 11 0 2 14 14 15 1 0 .295 .378 .457 .162 .320 8.8 3.1 1.2
2010 LOU AAA 445 50 120 31 2 12 56 37 76 9 1 .296 .356 .470 .175 .279 11.3 0.4 1.1
2010 CIN MLB 29 2 6 2 0 0 3 0 10 0 0 .207 .207 .276 .069 .167 -2.4 1.4 -0.1
2010 CAR AA 121 19 27 5 0 3 13 19 16 4 2 .267 .388 .406 .139 .273 2.6 0.5 0.3
2011 CIN MLB 98 9 29 4 0 5 15 10 21 0 0 .330 .398 .545 .216 .316 8.5 -2.1 0.7
2011 LOU AAA 409 46 106 24 4 12 56 46 60 6 5 .296 .374 .486 .190 .282 16.5 -7.5 0.9
2012 SDN MLB 619 47 150 39 0 9 62 62 101 3 0 .273 .348 .393 .120 .275 10.0 9.1 2.0
2013 TUC AAA 14 1 8 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 1 .571 .571 .571 .000 .355 1.4 -0.1 0.1
2013 SDN MLB 375 34 94 11 0 6 45 32 47 6 0 .281 .341 .368 .087 .262 1.4 3.9 0.6
2014 SDN MLB 288 27 64 19 1 7 27 17 36 6 1 .240 .285 .397 .157 .253 2.2 2.1 0.5
2014 PDR Rk 8 1 3 0 0 1 4 0 1 0 0 .375 .375 .750 .375 .369 1.1 0.0 0.1
2014 ELP AAA 17 0 4 0 0 0 1 0 2 0 0 .235 .235 .235 .000 .006 -0.1 -0.3 -0.0
2015 LEL A+ 9 1 1 0 0 0 0 3 0 0 0 .167 .444 .167 .000 .273 0.1 -0.2 -0.0
2015 ELP AAA 17 3 3 1 0 0 2 4 3 0 0 .231 .412 .308 .077 .270 0.0 -0.4 -0.0
2015 SDN MLB 402 50 100 18 1 5 31 42 48 2 5 .282 .361 .381 .099 .271 6.3 3.7 1.1
2016 OAK MLB 532 52 122 34 0 7 56 45 74 3 1 .253 .316 .367 .114 .245 -2.0 6.0 0.4
2017 OAK MLB 371 52 85 17 0 22 49 50 88 1 0 .266 .369 .527 .260 .294 16.8 -2.7 1.4
2017 SEA MLB 150 20 35 5 0 6 18 18 30 1 0 .265 .353 .439 .174 .265 2.4 -2.8 -0.0
2018 CLE MLB 574 64 129 19 0 23 83 51 123 0 0 .250 .317 .421 .171 .261 7.6 -0.6 0.7

Plate Discipline

YEAR PITCHES ZONE_RT SWING_RT CONTACT_RT Z_SWING_RT O_SWING_RT Z_CONTACT_RT O_CONTACT_RT SW_STRK_RT CSAA_CHANCES CSAA_RT
2010 100 0.5400 0.6300 0.6508 0.7778 0.4565 0.6905 0.5714 0.3492 28 -0.002808
2011 372 0.4812 0.4409 0.7805 0.6704 0.2280 0.9167 0.4091 0.2195 163 0.002167
2012 2202 0.4619 0.4805 0.7902 0.7325 0.2641 0.8953 0.5399 0.2098 901 -0.011003
2013 1322 0.4690 0.4705 0.8312 0.6790 0.2863 0.9335 0.6169 0.1688 556 -0.008184
2014 1005 0.4856 0.4746 0.8449 0.7070 0.2553 0.9362 0.6061 0.1551 418 0.005212
2015 1453 0.4852 0.4549 0.8427 0.6894 0.2340 0.9115 0.6514 0.1573 666 -0.005876
2016 1877 0.4848 0.4614 0.8210 0.6681 0.2668 0.9326 0.5581 0.1790 0 0.000000
2017 2086 0.4573 0.4650 0.7402 0.6960 0.2703 0.8524 0.4967 0.2598 0 0.000000
2018 2174 0.4660 0.5028 0.7466 0.7266 0.3075 0.8587 0.5154 0.2534 0 0.000000
Career125910.47180.47450.79230.70170.27160.89560.55380.2077331.2094-0.003

Injury History  —  No longer being updated

Last Update: 12/31/2014 23:59 ET

Date On Date Off Transaction Days Games Side Body Part Injury Severity Surgery Date Reaggravation
2014-08-13 2014-09-29 60-DL 47 44 Right Forearm Tendon Injury -
2014-06-17 2014-07-26 15-DL 39 32 Right Wrist Tendonitis -
2014-03-19 2014-03-21 Camp 2 0 - General Medical Illness - -
2013-08-31 2013-09-28 DTD 28 26 Right Hand Strain - -
2013-06-01 2013-07-12 15-DL 41 39 Right Wrist Contusion - -
2012-08-07 2012-08-08 DTD 1 1 - Thigh Strain Hamstring - -
2012-06-24 2012-06-26 DTD 2 2 Left Knee Strain Bothered for a Few Days Cortisone Injection - -
2012-05-11 2012-05-11 DTD 0 0 - General Medical Illness - -
2011-09-20 2011-09-20 DTD 0 0 Right Ankle Soreness Continued Soreness - -
2011-08-08 2011-08-09 DTD 1 1 Right Ankle Soreness Stepped on Sprinkler Head - -
2009-06-19 2009-08-22 Minors 64 0 Right Wrist Surgery Hamate Fracture 2009-06-23

Compensation

Year Team Salary
2020 CLE $1,000,000
2019 CLE $8,000,000
2018 CLE $7,000,000
2017 OAK $4,000,000
2016 OAK $2,650,000
2015 SDN $1,650,000
2014 SDN $980,000
2013 SDN $1,120,000
2012 SDN $1,400,000
2011 CIN $1,000,000
2010 CIN $900,000
2009 CIN $800,000
YearsDescriptionSalary
9 yrPrevious$14,500,000
2018Current$7,000,000
10 yrPvs + Cur$21,500,000
2 yrFuture$9,000,000
12 yrTotal$30,500,000

 

Service TimeAgentContract Status
6 y 116 dDan Lozano2 years/$16M (2018-19), 2020 option

Details
  • 2 years/$16M (2018-19), plus 2020 option. Signed by Cleveland as a free agent 12/21/17. 18:$7M, 19:$8M, 20:$9M club option ($1M buyout). 2020 option guaranteed if Alonso 1) passes physical after 2019 season and 2) has 550 plate appearances in 2019 or 1,100 plate appearances in 2018-19 combined.
  • 1 year/$4M (2017). Signed by Oakland 12/2/16 (avoided arbitration). Acquired by Seattle in trade from Oakland 8/6/17.
  • 1 year/$2.65M (2016). Signed by Oakland 1/13/16 (avoided arbitration).
  • 1 year/$1.65M (2015). Re-signed by San Diego 1/16/15 (avoided arbitration). Acquired by Oakland in trade from San Diego 12/2/15.
  • 1 year/$0.98M (2014). Re-signed by San Diego 3/3/14.
  • 1 year/$1.12M (2013). Re-signed by San Diego 3/9/13.
  • 5 years/$4.55M (2008-12). $2M signing bonus. 08:$50,000, 09:$0.4M, 10:$0.5M, 11:$0.6M, 12:$1M. Signed Major League contract with Cincinnati 8/15/08. Award bonuses. Acquired by San Diego in trade from Cincinnati 12/17/11.
  • Drafted by Cincinnati 2008 (1-7) (Miami).

2018 Preseason Forecast

Last Update: 1/27/2017 12:35 ET

PCT PA R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO SB CS AVG OBP SLG TAv VORP FRAA WARP
90o 494 62 130 28 0 14 63 53 74 3 2 .298 .374 .459 .288 19.4 1B -2 1.7
80o 478 58 121 26 0 13 59 50 73 3 1 .286 .362 .440 .278 14.0 1B -2 1.1
70o 466 55 114 25 0 12 56 47 73 3 1 .275 .350 .423 .270 10.4 1B -2 0.8
60o 456 52 110 24 0 12 53 45 72 3 1 .271 .344 .419 .264 7.4 1B -2 0.5
50o 446 50 105 23 0 11 51 43 71 3 1 .264 .336 .405 .257 4.7 1B -2 0.3
40o 436 48 100 22 0 11 49 41 71 3 1 .256 .327 .396 .251 2.1 1B -2 0.1
30o 426 46 95 21 0 10 47 39 70 2 1 .248 .319 .381 .245 -0.5 1B -2 -0.2
20o 414 43 88 19 0 9 45 37 69 2 1 .236 .306 .359 .237 -3.5 1B -2 -0.5
10o 398 40 82 18 0 9 41 34 68 2 1 .228 .296 .353 .227 -7.3 1B -2 -0.8
Weighted Mean448511052301152437131.262.335.402.2595.21B -20.3

Preseason Long-Term Forecast (Beyond the 2018 Projections)

Playing time estimates are based on performance, not Depth Charts.
Year Age PA R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO SB AVG OBP SLG TAv WARP VORP BRR POS_ADJ REP_ADJ RAA FRAA
20193244656101220125247772.259.339.410.2540.12.2-0.4-6.712.0-2.7-1.7
2020334085292200124744711.256.338.408.2540.01.7-0.3-6.210.9-2.7-1.6
2021343924990200114542670.260.340.410.2550.02.0-0.3-6.110.5-2.2-1.5
2022353614583190104236630.257.334.408.252-0.10.8-0.3-5.79.7-2.9-1.4
2023363564581180104137620.258.338.408.253-0.01.1-0.3-5.79.6-2.5-1.4
202437331417617093734590.256.335.403.251-0.10.3-0.3-5.38.9-3.1-1.3
202538327407316093733590.254.332.402.250-0.2-0.2-0.3-5.28.8-3.5-1.3
202639301366715083330540.250.326.393.245-0.3-1.5-0.2-4.88.1-4.6-1.2
202740288356314073229530.250.327.393.245-0.3-1.5-0.2-4.67.7-4.4-1.1

Comparable Players (Similarity Index 84)

Rank Score Name Year TAv Trend
1 93 Casey Kotchman 2014 .000 DNP
2 92 Sean Casey 2006 .252
3 92 Ed Kranepool 1976 .303
4 92 Bob Burda 1970 .244
5 91 James Loney 2015 .243
6 91 Billy Butler 2017 .000 DNP
7 90 Norm Larker 1962 .280
8 90 Ron Fairly 1970 .306
9 90 Lee Thomas 1967 .224
10 90 Gaby Sanchez 2015 .000 DNP
11 89 Scott Spiezio 2004 .221
12 89 David Segui 1998 .291
13 89 Mark Grace 1995 .306
14 89 Gail Hopkins 1974 .207
15 89 Doug Mientkiewicz 2005 .258
16 88 Bob Molinaro 1981 .328
17 88 Chip Hale 1996 .240
18 88 Wally Joyner 1993 .292
19 87 Jim Spencer 1978 .273
20 87 Don Mattingly 1992 .273
21 86 Ed Kirkpatrick 1976 .236
22 86 Garrett Atkins 2011 .000 DNP
23 86 Richie Hebner 1979 .273
24 86 Pete O'Brien 1989 .277
25 86 Bill Buckner 1981 .290
26 85 Travis Lee 2006 .226
27 85 Aubrey Huff 2008 .302
28 85 Denis Menke 1972 .272
29 85 Lou Klimchock 1971 .000 DNP
30 85 Matt Franco 2001 .000 DNP
31 85 Greg Brock 1988 .248
32 84 Willie Upshaw 1988 .265
33 84 Robert Fick 2005 .258
34 84 Larry Biittner 1977 .257
35 84 Tom Hutton 1977 .270
36 84 Bruce Bochte 1982 .271
37 84 Dave Bergman 1984 .289
38 84 Luis Gonzalez 1999 .309
39 84 Dan Driessen 1983 .295
40 84 Gerald Perry 1992 .232
41 83 Rick Leach 1988 .249
42 83 Mike Greenwell 1995 .271
43 83 Lyle Overbay 2008 .270
44 83 Eddie Waitkus 1951 .235
45 83 Dion James 1994 .000 DNP
46 83 Sid Bream 1992 .278
47 83 Nick Markakis 2015 .283
48 83 Willard Marshall 1952 .295
49 83 Ferris Fain 1952 .314
50 83 Eddie Robinson 1952 .325
51 83 Dave Stapleton 1985 .226
52 82 David DeJesus 2011 .261
53 82 Shea Hillenbrand 2007 .205
54 82 John Milner 1981 .271
55 82 Hal Morris 1996 .290
56 82 Terry Puhl 1988 .303
57 82 Edgardo Alfonzo 2005 .234
58 82 Howie Clark 2005 .000 DNP
59 82 Mark Kotsay 2007 .213
60 82 Bill Melton 1977 .235
61 82 Lee Mazzilli 1986 .292
62 82 Alvin Davis 1992 .255
63 82 Mike Aldrete 1992 .000 DNP
64 82 Ray Knight 1984 .223
65 82 Maicer Izturis 2012 .230
66 81 Paul Molitor 1988 .305
67 81 John Mayberry 1980 .291
68 81 Mike Squires 1983 .234
69 81 Mike Sweeney 2005 .290
70 81 George Kell 1954 .273
71 81 Joe Orsulak 1993 .264
72 81 Earl Torgeson 1955 .293
73 81 Kevin Mench 2009 .000 DNP
74 81 Alberto Callaspo 2014 .231
75 81 Martin Prado 2015 .283
76 81 Whitey Lockman 1958 .240
77 81 Richie Scheinblum 1974 .167
78 81 Harvey Kuenn 1962 .290
79 81 Danny Cater 1971 .248
80 81 J.T. Snow 1999 .271
81 81 Jim Norris 1980 .216
82 81 Mike Sharperson 1993 .249
83 81 Darrin Fletcher 1998 .250
84 80 Darin Erstad 2005 .252
85 80 John Olerud 2000 .287
86 80 Vic Power 1959 .271
87 80 Ron Northey 1951 .000 DNP
88 80 Carlos Santana 2017 .277
89 80 Danny Heep 1989 .270
90 80 Al Spangler 1965 .241
91 80 Elmer Valo 1952 .324
92 80 Jeff King 1996 .276
93 80 Shannon Stewart 2005 .259
94 80 Pat Putnam 1985 .000 DNP
95 80 Jon Jay 2016 .271
96 80 Kurt Suzuki 2015 .216
97 80 Puddin Head Jones 1957 .245
98 80 Mike Jorgensen 1980 .247
99 80 Russell Martin 2014 .312
100 80 Kevin Seitzer 1993 .265

Platoon

SORT_FIELD PLATOON AVG OBP SLG TAv
10 vs L (Multi) .235 .302 .318 .231
11 vs R (Multi) .265 .331 .384 .258
11 vs U (Multi) 1.000 1.000 2.000 .000
18 Split (Multi) .031 .029 .065 .027
19 LgAvg (Multi) .020 .029 .071 .031
30 vs L (2016) .215 .274 .308 .215
31 vs R (2016) .257 .321 .373 .248
31 vs U (2016) 1.000 1.000 2.000 .000
38 Split (2016) .042 .047 .065 .034
39 LgAvg (2016) .020 .028 .073 .031

Definition of multi-year splits

BP Annual Player Comments

YearComment
2018 Due to publishing agreements, the 2018 player comments and team essays are only available in the Baseball Prospectus 2018 book (available in hardcopy, and soon e-book and Kindle).
2017 Experiments are fun, but there are only so many times you can shove a handful of Mentos into a liter of Diet Coke and expect something other than a geyser of soda to come shooting out. Alonso’s 2016 season was no less predictably explosive, bringing career-low numbers as he transferred his sub-.400 SLG from the expansive Petco Park to an even roomier Oakland Coliseum. He delivered an uncharacteristically high FRAA during his first fully healthy season since 2010, but no amount of rest and rehab could resuscitate the power potential he once flashed in the Reds’ system. Those who cannot remember the past—in this case, Alonso’s limited range and middling production value—are condemned to repeat it, which means we could see a lot more of the sluggish infielder at first base.
2016 With an ISO similar to that of feared slugger Luis Rivas, Alonso lacks the offensive firepower of a prototypical first baseman. Add 30 points to his batting average and he becomes useful in a Hal Morris kind of way; otherwise his only awards are of the participation variety, when he's healthy enough to attend. It's a damning indictment of the Padres that they've spent the last four years starting him at a position that demands much more (don't mention Anthony Rizzo!) rather than developing or acquiring a legitimate starter; what that says about the A's, who sent some halfway decent pitching pieces to San Diego in order to acquire him, we'd rather not say. Alonso's season ended in early September, thanks to a stress reaction in his lower back resulting from an awkward slide into home that resembled nothing so much as a flop.
2015 In a make-or-break campaign, Alonso broke. Again. For the second straight season, right wrist and arm issues kept him from playing 100 games. His line during that stretch is a Torrealbaesque .263/.317/.381. Despite occasional bouts of competence (.421/.477/.737 in 15 games before his season-ending right forearm injury in August: a torn tendon, if you must know), Alonso is a large, lumbering first baseman who doesn't get on base, hit for power or stay healthy. He's Denny Walling without the mustache. We keep downgrading his comps. It's like an old Get Smart routine: "He's Lyle Overbay. Would you believe Bruce Bochte? How about Denny Walling? How about a loaf of bread?" You know, if the bread was hurt all the time.
2014 The line drive-hitting Alonso spent 2013 battling right wrist and hand injuries that sapped his already limited power. He knocked as many extra-base hits all year as Will Venable did in August. His uncanny Bruce Bochte impression made our previous comparisons to Lyle Overbay look overly ambitious. Positives? Alonso has good on-base skills and has hit better at Petco (.287/.363/.407) than away (.266/.329/.362) in two seasons with the Padres. He is perfect in nine career stolen base attempts, which says less about his speed and more about the challenges of throwing while doubled over laughing. This year is critical for Alonso, whose career .395 SLG is acceptable for a shortstop but won't let him start at first base much longer.
2013 Alonso came to San Diego in the December 2011 trade that sent Mat Latos to the Reds. The stocky, slow-footed native of Cuba features a smooth swing that doesn't generate much loft. He has never hit more than 17 homers in any professional season but has good knowledge of the strike zone and used Petco Park's large power alleys to maximum advantage, hitting 23 doubles there last year. He is a liability on the bases, and his glove work isn't great, although he improved as the season progressed. Alonso would be a perennial threat to hit .300 if not for a complete absence of foot speed. He profiles as a useful but not exciting cog in the mold of Lyle Overbay.
2012 Alonso, selected seventh overall by the Reds in the 2008 draft, is increasingly being stalked by the specter of adequacy as a producer at a key power position. He is headed into his age-25 season with good-not-great numbers at Triple-A and has seen his prospect status slip every year. The Reds gave him some looks in left field in the hope of getting his and Joey Votto's bat into the lineup at the same time, but Alonso's lack of speed and mobility suggests that his future lies at first base. Coming to San Diego as part of the haul for Mat Latos, the University of Miami product now gets to contend with Petco Park, which is not kind to left-handed power hitters. Although his ceiling is lower than it was three years ago, he is closer to contributing at the big-league level than Anthony Rizzo, whose tenure as the Padres first baseman of the future may have ended by the time this book reaches the shelves.
2011 In his age-23 season, Joey Votto hit 22 homers in Triple-A and posted a .227 isolated power in his first taste of the majors. At the same age, Alonso managed just 12 long balls for Louisville and looked outmatched in an even briefer major-league cameo. Given that Votto has blossomed into the NLs best hitter, a failure to match the Canadians early offensive output hardly qualifies as a kiss of death. Still, when you share both a position and a team with a superstar, its best not to fall too far behind. Alonso hit much better during the second half of the minor-league season, but the southpaw has yet to exhibit the kind of power expected of a first-round first baseman. The 30 games he spent in left last year were likely just a taste of whats to come, since last seasons closest thing to a Triple Crown winner isnt about to be dislodged by a player who hasnt managed a .500 slugging percentage at any level.
2010 A big-hitting first-base prospect in an organization that already boasts a 26-year-old stud first-sacker, the Cuban-born Alonso is blocked in the bigs, but just as they were when they drafted him seventh overall out of the University of Miami in 2008, the Reds are hoping Alonsos bat will force its way into their lineup anyway, most likely by pushing Joey Votto to left field. If thats going to happen, Alonso will need to solve lefty pitching and show some more pop. When Votto was 22, he slugged .547 with 22 home runs at Double-A. Alonso, meanwhile, slugged just .395 in the hitters paradise that is the Arizona Fall League. That came after suffering a broken hamate bone in late July, but depending on your outlook, the injury could increase concern rather than dissuade it.
2009 A 1311 OPS during his junior year at Miami convinced the Reds to take Alonso with the seventh overall pick in the 2008 draft. He's has the two skills you look for in a slugging first basemantons of power and excellent plate discipline. His position and advanced skills put him on a collision course with current Reds first baseman Joey Votto; the fact that he's already on the 40-man roster (a result of the four-year, $4.5 million big-league contract it took to sign him) means that the reckoning between them will likely come soon. The Reds drew some criticism for taking Alonso because of this, but when you have a pick that high, you really should take the best player and let the rest sort itself out.

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DateQuestionAnswer
2017-05-10 13:00:00 (link to chat)What has gotten into Yonder Alonso this season? Matching his career high in home runs by May 7th. If you're the A's, do you sell high and slide Healy over to first base, or try to lock him down on like a 3-year contract to provide a safety net for some of the weaker defenders in the A's infield?
(Dave from San Francisco)
Aaron discussed him today. Key takeaway: "Alonso looks like a legitimately changed hitter." I heard him interviewed on MLB Network and he said he'd done work over the winter on his swing mechanics to make better contact. But when they asked him about getting the ball in the air more, he demurred. Dave Cameron at FanGraphs, though, says he's kind of a poster child for more loft. You raise a good point about his glove, but if he continues along a 1.000 OPS trajectory, will the A's be able to sign him? Seems that they'd try to get him to a reasonably cheap extension before the ASG and if they can't, trade him by the deadline. He's 30, so even if he's a different hitter, he's on the wrong side of the aging curve. (Rob Mains)
2017-02-14 12:00:00 (link to chat)What does Oakland do with Chapman? Is Chapman good enough to push Healy off of Third?
(Paul from DC)
I can honestly say I did not expect Matt Chapman to get pushed as high as he did, but our staff really went to bat for him. I could see the A's moving Healy across the diamond.

A check of roster resource reminds me the A's signed Trevor Plouffe, which I don't remember at all, but makes perfect sense as an Athletics signings. I think they could rotate those guys through 1B/3B/DH to get them all at-bats, which I guess is something you do as the 2017 A's. I don't think Yonder Alonso will be blocking Chapman from that rotation. (The Top 101 Prospect Chat with Jeffrey Paternostro)
2014-06-24 13:00:00 (link to chat)Think Rangel Ravelo will ever start hitting for power? If he does, is he one of the best 1B prospects in the minors?
(SK from Boston)
I doubt it. There's some raw there, but it's likely more of a fringy power game. At his absolute peak, he's Yonder Alonso. Not really much to write home about. (Jordan Gorosh)
2014-04-03 19:30:00 (link to chat)5x5 keeper lg, should I trade Saltalamacchia for Yonder Alonso? Thx much. Also what would you do if your girl deleted your MLB The Show career save file? Gotta dump her, right?
(Babe Gross from Auburn)
In a vacuum I'd keep Salty. I don't think Alonso is special and the catcher position is harder to figure out in my opinion. Yeah, that's an obvious no go. Priorities. (Craig Goldstein)
2013-11-22 14:00:00 (link to chat)At 1B next year, who puts up better numbers Matt Adams or Yonder Alonso?
(higgsboson from Guelph)
Gimme Adams. Power has always been Alonso's issue (well that and platoon splits), and I am not too confident that the power is going to develop. (Doug Thorburn)
2013-09-11 13:00:00 (link to chat)Medica. What's the deal? Pads must have some expectations to bring him up before the TL Championship series. Can he hit enough to play 1B in the bigs?
(Bill from San Diego)
I believe Medica is Rule 5 Draft eligible this offseason. While he's not a big prospect, the injury to Yonder Alonso created some room, so why not see what he can do? Medica is limited to 1B defensively and doesn't have a ton of upside, but he's got some pop and has a track record of crushing left-handed pitching in the minors. So I think it's worthwhile to at least see if there's some Nate Freiman-style platoon potential in the bat. Doesn't profile as an everyday guy for me but has an outside shot to be a role player. (Jason Cole)
2013-06-04 13:00:00 (link to chat)There is some great fantasy coverage here at BP, but I think there's a gap in the overall literature here and elsewhere. You see a lot of work being done with recommending players that are owned in only a small percentage of leagues. The idea being "here are guys you can go get right now". What that doesn't really tell you, though, is whether those guys are actually better than the ones you have. For example, I have Kyle Seager, Jedd Gyorko, and Daniel Murphy filling out my 2B, MI, and CI slots. Would I be better off dropping Seager for a guy like Yonder Alonso? How do you evaluate a decision like that?
(ravenight from Boston)
I would not get rid of Seager for Alonso. The reason that we can't necessarily outline whether the available players will be better than who you have is bc it's impossible to know everyone's situation so we try to recommend guys for you to consider if you want to make a move. Of course, our Twitter availability, the comments sections, and chat like these are a great forum for the specific questions like yours! For me, the question is whether or not Alonso offers something I need. I think he and Seager offer similar things with Seager having 3B elig. so might as well hold Seags. I do like Yonder, though. (Paul Sporer)
2013-05-22 18:00:00 (link to chat)Hey Jason, love your podcast with PaulS. What do you foresee in Yonder Alonso's future? Double power turning into homer power somewhat like Country Breakfast in 2012? cheers, Hoppy
(Hoppy from Scotland)
Thanks, we love recording it for everyone. I see James Loney in his future to be honest. He'll hit for average and drive in runs, but 20 HRs would be a reach for him. (Jason Collette)
2013-05-07 13:00:00 (link to chat)12 team mixed keeper league. Is it worth holding onto Hosmer? He's my only 1B and is KILLING me. Yonder Alonso, Matt Adams, James Loney, and Mitch Moreland are the only decent names on waivers? Would you take any of them over Hosmer or try to make a trade for someone better?
(kcasey1029 from Denver)
I'd prefer a trade since 1B is an elite offensive position, but in the meantime scoop Alonso to get some 1B production going. Hang onto Hosmer (unless he's part of the trade), but go and sit him for a bit. (Paul Sporer)
2013-03-28 13:00:00 (link to chat)I try to understand the PECOTA approach since a few weeks now and with all my drafts in the books I wondered when I compare the PECOTA list with the draft tools offered on the web how potential new-comers (prospects) always fall short on the PECOTA list. Anybody who can help me to understand this better? Any comment would be appreciated. regards Udo
(bechtudo from Knoxville, TN)
I reached out to a colleague at BP for an answer here (as it's a bit left of my comfort zone). Here's what he said:

"In general, I think a lot of this is due to overly high expectations from rookie players by most, and the fact that a good projection is going to take into account a statistical expectation, not a "best case" (or even "above average") scenario. It's easy to remember the Amazing Mike Trout season, and Bryce Harper's very good season. But entering 2012, I thought catchers Mesoraco and Lavarnway would do quite well. Many thought guys like Yonder Alonso, Chris Parmelee, and (especially) Jesus Montero would do well. And even guys like Nieuwenhuis, Pastornicky, and Lombardozzi had reasonably adequate expectations from many. The really deceptive aspect of projecting rookies is that if they aren't good, they often get demoted, so their struggles aren't showcased, while the ones who do well get to keep playing and everyone notices, so there's a perception bias with regards to how well rookies actually did."

Hope that helps! (Nick Faleris)
2013-03-08 13:00:00 (link to chat)How likely is it that Yonder Alonso's college career at Miami was tainted by steroids? 60-40?
(Matt from Chicago)
Matt, based on my knowledge of the situation, I'll put the likelihood at somewhere between 0 and 100%. (Geoff Young)
2012-07-09 14:00:00 (link to chat)Are my Padres ever going to make a run again, or was 2010 the closest we're going to get? What does the future of the Padres organization look like, what is the state of our minor league system?
(I aint Quentin from Beutiful San Diego)
The Padres have one of the deepest farm systems in baseball, and the key is whether that depth can overcome the lack of starpower. We've started to see some of the pieces of a future Padres contender already, with Yasmani Grandal and Yonder Alonso, and on the offensive side, Rymer Liriano should be coming sometime in 2013. Getting Joe Wieland and Robbie Erlin from the Rangers for Mike Adams at last year's deadline was a very nice move, and the Padres should be able to acquire more talent this July for Street. (Daniel Rathman)
2012-04-12 14:00:00 (link to chat)I've got Hafner as my DH at the moment, but Both Smoak and Yonder Alonso have been dropped. Which of those three would you want?
(JayT from San Francisco)
I'm assuming this is a relatively standard mixed league, 12 teams or so, in which case I'd grab Smoak. They're all close enough in value where you can gamble on his upside, and if he falls on his face, then you should still be able to get someone decent off the waiver wire. (Derek Carty)
2012-02-23 11:00:00 (link to chat)What rookies do you see making an impact for the Padres this season? Spangenberg? Grandal? Gyorko?
(Michael from Green Bay)
Spangenberg is pretty far away. I wouldn't expect to see him up before mid-2014 at the earliest. The other two could see action in San Diego this year, but probably as September callups. Impact this year? Yonder Alonso will start at first base. Maybe Brad Boxberger in the 'pen. Alonso is the best bet. (Geoff Young)
2011-06-02 13:00:00 (link to chat)Lawrie, Jennings, Ackley... Are you high on any prospects likely to be called up soon?
(Andrew from Las Vegas)
Yup, I like all three. You can also keep an eye on guys like Mike Moustakas, Jemile Weeks, Yonder Alonso, Anthony Rizzo, Lonnie Chisenhall, and a number of others. (Derek Carty)
2010-08-20 15:30:00 (link to chat)Any chance the Reds' AAA affiliate could beat the Pirates in a 7 game series? They're trotting out a lineup of Dave Sappelt, Chris Valaika, Yonder Alonso, Todd Frazier, Juan Francisco, Danny Dorn, and Devin Mesoraco, with Sam LeCure, Matt Maloney, Aaron Harang, and Aroldis Chapman among their pitchers.
(Joe from Cincy)
I was going to rip you and talk about how massive the different is between Triple-A and the big leagues is, but they might have a chance. I'll still favor the Pirates though. (Kevin Goldstein)
2010-05-14 13:00:00 (link to chat)How long do you think the Reds can stay this hot and could they actually be buyers this season with talent like Yonder Alonso on the way?
(SprungOnSports from Long Island)
There's a lot of good young talent in Cincy, particularly in the rotation, where there's upside galore even if Aroldis Chapman doesn't show up, which he probably will. If Dusty Baker can stop with the self-destructive lineup assembly (.191/.263/.291 from the leadoff spot!) then I think they could be buyers, but I'm not sold on Alonso (.267/.388/.406 in Double-A, and apparently recently promoted to Triple-A) as being tremendously helpful at the moment. (Jay Jaffe)
2010-03-03 14:00:00 (link to chat)Hi Kevin, Thanks for the chat. Just curious, do you have any "pet" players you secretly cheer for? Guys like total tool-monsters who suddenly have the light bulb glow, less talented scrappy guys who won't be denied their opportunity, or a guy who masters a new pitch and worm-burns his way to a career? Maybe this seems more like a coaching question, but certainly the majors are filled with plenty of alternate path-to-glory stories.
(JimmyJack from Issaquah, WA)
I actually root for most players believe it or not. I certainly want the rankings to look good, but I hardly would want anyone to fail just to make me look smart. I know that sounds cheesy, but it's true. I totally want Yonder Alonso to hit 40 home runs this year and make me look bad, I just don't think he will. (Kevin Goldstein)
2010-03-03 14:00:00 (link to chat)You've been reasonaly high on Yonder Alonso in the past, what made him drop off the list this time when a guy like Carter is so high?
(Lincoln from Dallas)
The fact that he showed little power and did utterly nothing against lefties. I've written many times my feelings on first base prospects. If you don't look like some kind of No. 3 or 4 hitter on a championship level team, just how good of a first base prospect are you? (Kevin Goldstein)
2009-11-17 14:00:00 (link to chat)Any concerns about Yonder Alonso hitting left-hand pitching? Does he eventually supplant Votto at first?
(NeilEdwards6 from Cincy)
I have a lot of concerns about Alonso. Add him to my over-hyped list, actually. (Kevin Goldstein)
2009-11-02 15:00:00 (link to chat)Joe-thanks for the chat. Reds question-do the Reds move Joey Votto to LF when Yonder Alonso is ready, or trade Alonso?
(raygu1 from burlington, NJ)
Neither guy can play left field well enough. I think they'll trade Votto just because he'll have a lot more perceived value by the time a deal has to happen. I'm not completely sold on the idea that Alonso will force this issue. (Joe Sheehan)
2009-07-30 14:00:00 (link to chat)Anything to the Rolen for Yonder Alonso rumor?
(Rob from Alaska)
That's not the vibe I'm getting. Reds would be willing to give Edwin Encarancion up but not Alonso. (John Perrotto)
2009-07-31 14:00:00 (link to chat)Jerry Hairston? Did they miss Angel Berrora??
(Eli from Brooklyn)
Actually, he's a very good bench player, a nice addition for a team that usually has lousy benches.

Since we're here, it's interesting to note that what we start with isn't always what we end up with, which is why I wait for final confirmation before discussing these deals. The Hairston deal was first reported as Austin Jackson for him. Yonder Alonso was initially mentioned in the Rolen deal--he's not.

I really, truly hate analyzing rumors. It's a half-step up, maybe not that, from writing fiction. (Joe Sheehan)
2009-05-25 13:00:00 (link to chat)If you were drafting at 10, 20 and 30, and were limited to college players, who do you like?
(Tucci from Draft Day)
If I was to have to reach at each of those benchmarks, I'd take Jared Mitchell at 10, Chad Jenkins at 20, and Rich Poythress at 30. I love Mitchell's potential, even if there's a long way to go both in the field (where he's mistake-prone) and at the plate. Chad Jenkins has become one of my favorite first round arms, as I'm a sucker for a power sinker. And Poythress is just going to mash. I see less differences between him and Yonder Alonso than their respective draft standings would suggest. (Bryan Smith)
2009-06-03 15:00:00 (link to chat)I'll buy your next reuben if you answer my previous Reds question :) (answer in LF - (1) Owings, (2) trade, (3) Votto next year). By the way, when I went to law school in Toledo I used to love listening to you on 1470. Keep up the good work.
(Derek from Ohio)
Thanks for the kind words and mmmmm... though I don't see a previous question in the chat.

It's fun to ponder, but I don't see them moving Owings to the outfield anytime soon. Votto to the outfield at some point makes sense, particularly with Yonder Alonso on the way, but I'm not sure when that has to happen. Which leaves them needing a trade. Holliday could be a good fit there, perhaps, but I'm not a great matchmaker for deals, particularly with an eye on the clock as I have now. (Jay Jaffe)


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