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Yonder Alonso
Birthdate: 4/8/1987 (29 y, 11 m, 20 d)     Bats/Throws: L/R     Height/Weight: 6-2/230     Position: 1B
Drafted: 2008 June Amateur Draft - Round: 1, Pick: 7, Overall: 7, Team: Cincinnati Reds
Contract: $4M / 1 Years (2017)
RotoWire News: Alonso, who went 2-for-3 with two home runs, three RBI, a walk and three runs in Thursday's 15-5 Cactus League win over the Brewers, is showing significant improvement at the plate this spring, Joe Stiglich of CSN Bay Area reports. "He's had a great approach from the minute he got here," manager Bob Melvin said. "He and Bushy (hitting coach Darren Bush) had a plan. He's using the whole field a little bit more, which keeps him on breaking balls, which allows him to track fastballs a little bit more. He's hit a couple balls good to left-center as well." (3/24/2017)
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Profile: Many hoped that a move away from Petco Park could possibly allow Alonso to finally start showing some decent power, but that simply didn’t happen in his first year with the Athletics. The first baseman set a career high by appearing in 156 games, but his seven home runs and .367 slugging percentage left plenty to be desired -- especially at his position. Even with 34 doubles, Alonso simply did not contribute enough elsewhere to be any sort of asset at first base. The Coliseum certainly did him no favors, as he managed a more respectable .760 OPS on the road vs. a .588 mark in Oakland, but his .683 OPS overall is far from inspiring. Those looking for a bright side may consider his solid walk rate (9% in 2016 & career) and low strikeout rate (14% in ‘16 & career), but his worthwhile plate discipline that made him a considerable prospect has never transformed into any real production at the dish. Alonso will turn 30 years old during the upcoming season, and it may be too late for fantasy owners to hope for anything more than a corner-infield option in AL-only formats that can offer a moderate average (career .269 hitter), little pop (career .386 slugging percentage), and a modest ability to compile RBIs (just 56 last year). (Dylan Higgins)

The Quick Opinion: Escaping San Diego did not help Alonso turn things around, as his .367 slugging percentage with Oakland last year was his lowest since his 22-game debut in 2010. Decidedly past his prime, the first baseman simply has not shown enough in his career to be considered a strong option in the majority of fantasy formats.

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