Coming into 2010 and carrying forward to this point of the season, there is still a question/concern about Yonder Alonso getting playing time. Well, the position may be a question mark (since the Reds are not in the AL), but there can be no question about Alonso’s bat.
Well, it seems that baseball fans worldwide think a lot of Alonso’s bat as well. The former University of Miami player and Reds first round pick (7th overall) of 2008 was selected by fans as the recipient of the PERT Plus MiLB Stars Award. Fans could go online and vote for a Triple-A position player and pitcher (won by Atlanta Braves prospect Julio Teheran) they felt held the brightest future in the bigs.
Upon receiving the award, Alonso said the following:
“It is an honor for myself and my teammates,” said Alonso. “They have made it possible for me to do well. I feel grateful for the fans noticing my contributions to the team day in and day out. I thank them for voting for me.”
To truly gauge the impact Yonder had as a member of the Louisville Bats, ask manager Rick Sweet.
“Yonder is a professional hitter,” said Rick Sweet, manager for the Louisville Bats. “He will hit in the major leagues just like he did at the minor league level. He hits for power, average and drives in runs. He is one of the best hitters that I’ve ever had.”
High praise for arguably the best manager in the minors.
For his 91 games in Louisville, Alonso had a slash line of .296/.374/.486 with 12 homers and 56 RBI.
All of us on the BRM staff send hearty congratulations to Alonso for his fantastic season and we look forward to many more as a Red.