MLB.com says that former first-rounder Yonder Alonso is the fifth-best first base prospect in the majors:
Finally 100 percent following a hand injury, Alonso had a huge second half of 2010 after starting off the season sluggishly. By hitting .335/.415/.561 after the All-Star break, all of Alonso’s hitting tools were on display: hitting for average, power and getting on base. The only problem now is finding a place for that bat. Joey Votto isn’t going anywhere. Alonso has played some left field, but first is his better position.
Alonso provides a particularly thorny problem for Reds GM Walt Jocketty. I think Cincinnati has to trade Alonso in the next six months. His value has risen again, now that he’s healthy. The Reds have some pretty high-profile weak spots (LF, SS), and Alonso looks like a pretty piece to put at the center of a deal that can improve the team.
For those that want to hang onto Alonso in the event that Joey Votto walks after his current contract expires, I say: you’re out of your mind. That’s three years away. Cincinnati has a chance to win now, and they need to do whatever they can to improve the current team. I’ll worry about 2014 when it gets here.
I’m a fan of Yonder Alonso, but I really hope he’s playing for another organization soon. He provides more value to the Reds as a trade chip than anything else.