Yonder Alonso

A photo of Yonder Alonso.

Yonder Alonso (born April 8, 1987 in Havana, Cuba) is a Cuban baseball first baseman in the Cincinnati Reds organization.[1][2]


Alonso attended the University of Miami, where he played three seasons for the Hurricanes. He led the team to the College World Series as a freshman, with a team leading 69 RBIs.

His sophomore year he batted .376, led the Atlantic Coast Conference with 18 home runs, knocked in 74 runs, and scored 57 times. He also ranked second in the ACC with a .519 on-base percentage and .705 slugging percentage. Alonso went to the Cape Cod Baseball League in 2007 and played for the Brewster Whitecaps.

In 2008, he hit .373 with 15 homers, 51 RBIs, and eight stolen bases.

Alonso is featured in Ryan McGee's book, The Road to Omaha.

Major League BaseballEdit

Alonso was drafted in the 15th round of the 2005 Major League Baseball Draft by the Minnesota Twins, but chose to attend college.[2]

In 2008, Alonso was drafted with the 7th overall pick by the Cincinnati Reds in the draft. He signed a major-league contract with the Reds worth $4.55 million through 2012.[3]

He made his Minor League debut on August 26, 2008 for the Class A Sarasota Reds against the Clearwater Threshers. He went 1-for-3 with a double and a walk. In just six games for the A-Advanced Reds that year, he went 6-for-19 with two RBIs.[4]

After the '08 season, he joined the Waikiki BeachBoys of the Hawaii Winter Baseball league and hit .308 with four homers and 21 RBIs in 29 games. He had 32 hits in 104 at-bats.[5]

Alonso entered the 2009 season ranked as the number one overall prospect in the Reds organization by Baseball America.[6] He started the season with Sarasota, played 49 games, and hit .303 in 175 at-bats with seven home runs, 13 doubles, and 38 RBIs. After receiving a promotion to Class AA Carolina, he hit .295 in 105 at-bats, with 11 doubles, two homers, and 14 RBIs over 29 games.[7] He also played for the Peoria Saguaros of the Arizona Fall League in 2009, .267 in 23 games.[8]

Alonso started 2010 in Carolina playing left field, as he is blocked at first base in Cincinnati by Joey Votto.[9] Alonso was called up by the Reds on September 1, with rosters expanding.[10]

Alonso made his debut with the big club on September 1st 2010, pinch hitting for Brandon Phillips. On September 4, 2010, in his second at bat as a pinch hitter, Alsonso got his first major league hit, a double off St. Louis Cardinals pitcher Mike MacDougal. Later in the inning, he scored his first major league run.


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