Thursday, July 9, 2009

Yonder Alonso no Smoak

Here is a blurb from Baseball Prospectus as part of its series on prospects from the preseason top-100 who are slipping:

Yonder Alonso, 1B, Reds (Pre-season ranking: 35)
When the Reds selected Alonso in last year's draft, the confusion didn't revolve around why they liked him as much as why they liked him better than Justin Smoak. While Smoak is on the verge of making it to the big leagues, Alonso got off to a good start in the Florida State League, but he scuffled at Double-A while showing well below the kind of power that was expected. Concerns about his ability to hit left-handers also remain; while the sample size is small, he's 9-for-43 against southpaws without a home run. He'll get little chance to make improvements from there, as a broken hamate bone could cost him the remainder of the season.

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