Sleeper Report: Rookies
Yonder Alonso – 1B – Padres
The Reds 2008 first-round-pick was acquired by the Padres in the Mat Latos trade. He has seen some time in the Bigs including 88 at bats last year when he batted .330 with five home runs.
Alonso is a patient hitter who has shown to have an above average BB% and his relatively low K% for a slugger. He has always struggled to hit LHP (2 for 13 in ’11) and has below average defense. So questions remain about his everyday ability.
Alonso will be battling another young bat, Jesús Guzmán for first base and possibly Chase Headly at third base and with his struggles against lefties it is possible that he will platoon quite a bit in 2011. It is also possible that Alonso improves his hitting against lefties and has a big 2012 season.