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4/8/1987 (29 y, 10 m, 11 d)
2008 June Amateur Draft - Round: 1, Pick: 7, Overall: 7, Team: Cincinnati Reds
$4M / 1 Years (2017)
Alonso agreed to a one-year, $4 million contract with the A's, avoiding arbitration, Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle reports. (12/2/2016)
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Alonso will hit enough to play anywhere if his Minor League numbers (.296/.374/.486 in 409 plate appearances at Triple-A) and 2011 Major League cameo (.330/.398/.545 in 98 PAs) are any indication, but he faces a tougher peer group at first base than he would have in left field. If Alonso can forget his new home park and stay within himself rather than becoming pull happy and trying to make the power numbers appear out of nowhere, he has a far better chance of being a fantasy asset. There's plenty to like, especially in NL-only where he has less competition, but you can’t blame anyone in redraft leagues for waiting a season to see how he’ll handle the National League West in general and PETCO Park specifically. (Dan Wade)
The Quick Opinion:
A more mature player with Alonso’s skills moving into PETCO Park wouldn’t be cause for much concern, but he never had no-doubt power on his way up and now his home park won't help. Hopefully, the Padres’ coaches will be able to help him stay within himself and produce a well-rounded player.
Alonso is good at getting on base. Not great, but good. Last season, his 10.0% walk rate ranked 38th. Unfortunately, this was the only above-average part of his offensive game. He was one of the worst baserunners in the game, and only five first basemen had a lower slugging percentage than he did last season. Generally, San Diego players can take to the old "it's Petco Park's fault" routine. But, Alonso does not have that excuse on which to fall back. At home, Alonso slugged .398 and posted a .123 ISO. But on the road, the numbers didn't improve. In fact, they got worse -- Alonso slugged .389 and posted a .118 ISO on the road. He may continue to mature given that this season will be his age-26 campaign, but his upside at this point is 20 homers with a .290 average. Such an average would be enviable among the first-base set, but the power would be a drag -- last season 16 qualified first basemen hit at least 20 homers. If you subscribe to the notion that you have to find power from your first baseman, then Alonso is unlikely to ever rate as better than a backup. (Paul Swydan)
The Quick Opinion:
Alonso may continue to mature, but he will have to make some tremendous leaps in order to have value in most fantasy formats now that he will only be eligible at first base.
With the starting first base job in hand to open the 2013 season, Alonso proved his worth by hitting .284 with six home runs, 29 RBI and three stolen bases over the first two months of the season. Things looked even more promising as the lefty was taking advantage of PetCo Park's new right field dimensions, belting four of those six homers at home. However, a broken hand suffered at the end of May landed him on the disabled list through mid-July and even after he returned, the lingering effects of the injury had an obvious impact on his power production. He failed to go deep the rest of the way. He did manage to improve his plate discipline, though, as he more than doubled his walks per strikeout after the injury, taking it from a 0.47 to a 1.13. That certainly improves the outlook for 2014 as Alonso returns to finish what he started last season. He's the unquestioned starter at first for the Padres and will return to the heart of the order. Should his power return and he maintains the proper plate discipline, there's little reason to think he can't put together a season of 15-18 home runs while offering value in batting average and on-base percentage. (Howard Bender)
The Quick Opinion:
A broken hand put the kibosh on a promising season for Alonso as he failed to hit for any sort of power upon his mid-season return. He did manage to greatly improve his plate discipline though so there is hope for a stronger season in 2014. He's a mid to low-end option at first base, but he'll make for an outstanding corner infield play, particularly in leagues that use on-base percentage.
For the second straight year, Alonso's season was cut short by a hand/wrist injury. After 2013, some argued that the injury sapped him of his power, but any power he was sapped of was only potential power because we've never seen much out of him. His career isolated slugging percentage is .125 (major league average is around .145), and it was .120 in his first full season in 2012. He did have a .157 ISO last year, but it's hard to buy that he can improve on that all too much, even after surgery to repair the injury. Alonso will once again have the chance to deliver on his promise as about the only position the Padres didn't attempt to strengthen via trade was first base. He could be a value in NL-only leagues if he delivers some of the power promise some seem to think he has. But with the depth at his position, it's hard to see him having mixed league value. (
The Quick Opinion:
Alonso will once again have the first base job in San Diego all to himself, and he had surgery to repair the hand issue that cut his last two seasons short. But unless he drastically improves in the power department, he's nothing more than an NL-only option.
The 28-year-old Alonso has the talent of a fourth outfielder stuck in a first baseman’s body. He can hit some home runs (~10 per full season), steal some bases (~five per full season), have a decent average (.273 for career), and a better on-base percentage (.340 for career). In 2015, Melky Cabrera (12 HR, 3 SB, .273 AVG), Starlin Castro (11 HR, 5 SB, .265 AVG), and Didi Gregorious (9 HR, 5 SB, .265) put up similar numbers to those projected for Alonso. I just don’t see how he can be rosterable in all but the deepest of leagues with so many better options available. He and his competition, Mark Canha, can’t form a platoon since both are left handed. Truthfully, I would prefer Canha to Alonso this season and long term. If a team is using Alonso at first or utility, their league better have twenty or more teams. Winning teams usually have better players. (Jeff Zimmerman)
The Quick Opinion:
Yonder Alonso's talent level is more suited for the middle infield than first base. Try to look elsewhere for a more talented corner infield option.
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