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Yonder Alonso, the catcher?

Jan 30, 2010, 3:59 PM EDT

Yonder Alonso headshot.jpgThat’s right. During the team’s winter caravan event on Saturday, manager Dusty Baker mentioned that the team has considered using prospect Yonder Alonso behind the plate. Mark Sheldon of has the quote from the Reds’ skipper:

“That’s always a possibility,” Baker said. “We’ve entertained a few things, even the possibility of putting Alonso behind the plate. He’s built more like a catcher than he is anything. Imagine a left-handed, power-hitting catcher. A lot of that depends on our Minor League development people that spend time with the kids and the time training them.”

Save for a few designated hitter assignments here and there, the former 2008 first-round pick has exclusively played at first base in the minor leagues, so this is probably wishful thinking more than anything else. I’ve looked for any evidence of him playing another position during his time at the University of Miami, but have come up empty-handed.

Alonso, who turns 23 in April, batted .292/.374/.464 with nine home runs and 52 RBI during his first full year of pro ball last season, reaching as high as Double-A Carolina. He was recently ranked as the club’s No. 2 prospect by Baseball America and is expected to rise rather quickly, so something will have to give with Joey Votto as the big club’s current first baseman. Many have speculated that Votto will eventually be ticketed for left field.

  1. jwb - Jan 30, 2010 at 9:24 PM

    “Baker also listed right-handed reliever Mike Lincoln as a [starting pitcher] candidate, which was a bit of a stunner. Lincoln hasn’t started a Major League game since 2000 with Minnesota. Last season, he was limited to 19 games with the Reds because he needed surgery to repair a bulging disc in his neck. The 34-year-old pitched a career-high 64 games in 2008 after a four-year layoff from two elbow reconstruction surgeries.”
    What a kidder, that Dusty Baker.

  2. Ryan - Jan 31, 2010 at 2:44 AM

    I think the Brandon Inge experiment should stop anyone from converting a promising prospect to catching.

  3. Jackman - Jan 31, 2010 at 3:42 AM

    Ah, apparently abusing pitching prospects wasn’t enough for Dusty, he’s moving onto abusing position prospects as well.

  4. Charles Gates - Jan 31, 2010 at 9:07 AM

    Yea, he’s moved on from pitchers arms to catchers knees.

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