From a press release by the Carolina Mudcats:

Alonso, the seventh overall pick of the 2008 draft, displayed why he was ranked as the top prospect in the Reds organization before the 2009 season by leading the league in most offensive categories. The 22-year-old first baseman recorded four multi-hit games and twice had three hits. He powered Carolina to a 6-4 win over Montgomery on September 1, batting 3-for-5 with two doubles and three RBI. His solo blast on September 4 helped the Mudcats edge Mississippi 8-7. The Miami, Fla. native led the league with a .458 average, 11 hits, four doubles, a .536 on-base percentage, five extra-base hits and six runs. He also ranked second with a .750 slugging percentage.

This is a good sign for the Reds. I still expect him to start next season at AA, but others probably expect him to start higher. If everything goes right, maybe he’ll be ready sometime next season?

UPDATE: A press release from the Louisville Bats says that Alonso is joining the Bats tonight for their first round playoff game against the Durham Bulls.