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Draft 2008
Draft Central

Yonder Alonso (Credit: AP)

Biographical Data
Player Name:Yonder Alonso
Position:First Baseman
School:University of Miami
School Type:College
Academic Class:Junior
Weight:215 lbs.
Report Date(s):03/07 - 03/09/08
Game(s):Boston College

Focus Area
Hitting Ability:Alonso looks like a professional hitter at the plate, a run producer with patience who's particularly good at going the other way.
Power:He's got above-average power, the kind that could generate 25-30 homers annually in the future. Right now, it's mostly to center and left-center, but as he gets older, he'll be able to turn on and pull pitches on the inner half of the plate
Running Speed:He's got below-average speed.
Base running:He's not a base-clogger, with good instincts on the basepaths.
Arm Strength:He's got a good arm at first.
Fielding:He's adequate at first, with decent hands that allow him to catch what's right at him.
Range:He has average range, fine for his position.
Physical Description:Alongso has a medium frame with a thick build. He's barrel-chested and solid throughout, having worked hard to tighten up his body.
Medical Update:Healthy.
Strengths:He's the kind of guy who will simply hit, with great plate discpline and plenty of power
Weaknesses:He's limited to first defensively and is only OK there.
Summary:Alonso or Smoak? Smoak or Alonso? It can be quite a debate over which college first baseman should go first on Draft day. Alonso is a hitter, period, with a great approach and power, especially the other way right now. Defensively, he's no great shakes, but it's that bat that teams will dream about putting in the middle of their lineup to produce plenty of runs in the future.