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Reds first base prospect Yonder Alonso taking third base reps

Aug 4, 2011, 12:16 PM EST

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Reds top prospect Yonder Alonso is a first baseman, but the seventh overall pick in the 2008 draft is blocked there by reigning MVP Joey Votto.

In an effort to find a long-term home for Alonso in the lineup alongside Votto the Reds have been using him in left field and now Mark Sheldon of MLB.com reports that they’ve even started giving him some ground balls at third base.

I’ve seen plenty of prospect analysts express doubt about Alonso’s ability to be a decent left fielder, so third base is probably stretch.

With that said, Alonso did tell Sheldon that “third base was my position growing up” and “it comes easier than the other two positions.” Alonso also pointed out that he played first base in college in part because the University of Miami had Ryan Braun and Danny Valencia on the roster and “those were two pretty good third basemen.”

Regardless of his position Alonso hasn’t played much at all since being called up from Triple-A on July 26 and he seems far more likely to be traded this offseason than to see significant action at third base in Cincinnati. Alonso, who ranked 73rd on Baseball America‘s list of top prospects coming into the season, has hit .296 with 24 homers, 55 doubles, and an .842 OPS in 192 games at Triple-A, so right now his bat projecting as less than elite might be a bigger issue than his eventual home defensively.

  1. metalhead65 - Aug 4, 2011 at 1:10 PM

    it does not matter what position he plays dusty will find a reason not to play him. he is the only manager in baseball who will not go with the same lineup 2 days in row no matter what you did the night before. frazier hit a homer in last nights game and how much you want to bet he will not play FR. against cubs. hell Heisey hit 3 homers against yankees and did not play the next day. they still do not know if he can play everyday because dusty would not play everyday earleir this season over the .120 hitting gomes now that alonso has been called up dusty won’t play him because he wants to see if heisey can play. any wonder they are so awful this year?

  2. Tim's Neighbor - Aug 4, 2011 at 1:40 PM

    I just don’t understand why they’d call him up to sit the bench. As a Cubs fan, I completely understand your pain.

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