During his pro career, Alonso has continued to have some difficulty against left-handed pitching. After a .222/.329/.317 showing against lefties in 2009 (including the playoffs), Alonso has now hit .211/.326/.296 vs. LHP, albeit in just 71 total at-bats. In contrast, he's feasted vs. RHP: .313/.390/.504.
Scouting report: Alonso is an advanced college bat with good knowledge of the strike zone, good swing mechanics and more than enough power. He's fine defensively at first and he's been working on playing left field, where it's unclear if his lack of speed would hurt him. His bat should be big league ready soon, even with a broken hamate bone taking away time from him in his first full season.
Upside potential: A middle-of-the-order run producer who will hit for average and power.
They said it: "Yonder Alonso has shown great maturity and baseball savvy for a young player. His plate discipline and strike zone awareness are rare in young hitters. Even though he missed a portion of the 2009 season he has made up the innings and ABs by playing well in the Arizona Fall League and in Puerto Rico this winter." -- Reds farm director, Terry Reynolds
He said it: "A list like that is an honor, but, honestly, it doesn't mean much. It doesn't take me to the big leagues. It doesn't get me called up, but it's definitely an honor, when you look at the guys on the list. I could be 50 or I could be 1, it's an honor just to be there."