I’ve been able to watch Cincinnati’s first round pick, Miami (FL) 1B Yonder Alonso, the last few days in the College World Series. The first thing that jumps out at you is Alonso’s plate discipline. It’s just unreal to see a college player with that much discipline. He walked five times in the last two nights, and just showed an incredible knowledge of the strike zone. He swings only at pitches that he can hit, and that he can hit hard. (Of course, add on top that Alonso has homered in two straight games after tonight’s bomb.)
Anyway, I can’t help but draw a parallel between Alonso and the one Red who would take five walks in two games: Adam Dunn. You may have heard that Dunn and Alonso share an agent; well, they also appear to share a similar philosophy of hitting.
Cincinnati fans have never appreciated Adam Dunn. I fear that Alonso is headed toward the same fate.
I’ll tell you this: if Alonso hits like Dunn (or better), he will be appreciated here at Redleg Nation.