Grabbed with the seventh overall pick in the 2008 amateur draft, Yonder Alonso is the face of the Reds minor league system.á And for good reason.á The kid can flat-out hit a baseball. Alonso isáanother left-handed bat hoping to make an already lefty laden lineup.á His 6'3", 215 pound frame is reminiscent of another Reds' first baseman...fan favorite, Sean "The Mayor" Casey. Alonso committed to play for head coach, Jim Morris atáperennial baseball powerhouseáUniversity of Miami.á That did not stop the Minnesota Twins fromáselectingáhim witháa flyer pick in theá15th roundáof theá2005 draft.á No dice, and lucky for the Reds, he stuck to his commitment and played three yearsáfor what isáessentially a Rookie League team with aluminum bats.á In college Alonso started at first ba ...
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