30-Year-Old First Baseman – Cleveland Indians
2018 Fantasy Baseball Outlook
Alonso was a success story as the league-wide flyball revolution continued in 2017, fully tapping into the power that made him a top prospect in the Reds' system nearly 10 years ago. The new approach ...
Yonder Alonso Contract Information:
Signed a two-year, $16 million contract with the Indians in December of 2017 which includes a third-year vesting option.
Alonso signed a contract with the Indians on Wednesday, Bob Nightengale of USA Today reports. The deal is reportedly worth $16 million over two years and includes an $8 million vesting option for a third year, according to Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic.
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|2017 (Multiple Teams)||30||MAJ||SEA/OAK||142||521||451||72||120||50||22||0||28||67||2||0||68||118||0||0||2||.266||.365||.501||.866|
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|Career (View All)||806||2,864||2,554||293||685||218||149||2||67||306||22||7||276||455||1||21||12||.268||.340||.407||.747|
|Sep. 29||@LAA||Did not play.|
|Sep. 21||Tex||Did not play.|
|Sep. 13||@Tex||Did not play.|
|Sep. 11||@Tex||Did not play.|
|Sep. 9||LAA||Did not play.|
|Sep. 4||Hou||Did not play.|
|Last 7 Games||17||5||7||0||0||3||4||2||2||0||0||0||0||0||.412||.474||.941||1.415|
|Last 14 Games||30||5||8||0||0||3||4||4||6||0||0||0||0||2||.267||.353||.567||.920|
|Last 30 Games||70||10||18||2||0||4||9||12||15||1||0||0||0||2||.257||.366||.457||.823|
Yonder Alonso: MLB Games Played By Position
Yonder Alonso Split Stats (View Full Split Stats)
|Year||Age||Lg||Tm||PA||AB||Walk Rate||Strikeout Rate||BB/K Ratio||Contact Rate||BABIP||Isolated Power|
|2017 (Multiple Teams)||30||MAJ||SEA/OAK||521||451||13.1%||22.6%||0.58||74%||.302||.235|
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Yonder Alonso Defensive Stats
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2017 Stat Review for Yonder Alonso As compared to the top 200 hitters in 2016 (min 410 PA)
Patience at the plate often leads to positive outcomes.
A couple of useful stats for evaluating a hitter.
Good contact skills often lead to better fantasy stats.
SLG and ISO are useful indicators of power.
2018 Projected Stats Breakdown for Yonder Alonso
2018 projections compared to top 200 hitters in 2016 (min 410 PA)
2018 projections compared to top 40 first basemen in 2016 (min 300 PA)
Cleveland Indians Roster
MajorsAllen, Cody (P)
AAAHaase, Eric (C)
AABieber, Shane (P)
A+Castro, Willi (SS)
AAiken, Brady (P)
RookieBenson, Will (OF)
Yonder Alonso: Past News Updates ( ▲ View most recent update )
RotoWire's Preseason Outlooks
Another year, another season of mediocrity for Alonso, who has long lost any semblance of hype from his prospect days. His biggest fantasy asset is playing time, and in 2016, he logged nearly a full season;s worth of at-bats after a few years of platoon play and injuries. The vet, who turns 30 in April, posts contact rates befitting a .300 hitter but has only hit above .280 in a full season twice. Not even his typically above-average plate-discipline indicators have helped him offer consistently great on-base percentages. And of course, fantasy players desire more power from a corner infielder than what he can give. He hasn't hit double-digit homers in a season yet, thanks to his underwhelming ability to hit flyballs. Maybe one year, he'll figure out how to leave the yard, but 2017 is not the season to bank on it without a major change to his approach.
Alonso was once again hit by some bad injury luck in 2015, missing most of May and September due to shoulder and back ailments. In his 103 games in the 2015 campaign, Alonso cobbled together a .282/.361/.381 slash line with five home runs, 18 doubles, and 31 RBI. Those power numbers are concerning, especially coming from a first baseman. His ISO also dropped from an already-low .131 in 2014 to just .099 in 2015, which is not a great sign for a player who theoretically should be entering his prime at age 28. Obviously, having Petco Park as his home stadium did not help matters, and he has a good approach, but plate discipline alone may not be enough to get him out of the basement among mixed-league first basemen. Following a move to another pitcher's park in Oakland this offseason, Alonso's prospects for a big season in 2016 are looking rather bleak, but he should still serve as an option in AL-only leagues.
Through the first two and a half months of last season, Alonso avoided the injury bug that has plagued his career, but a sore right wrist emerged in mid-June and induced yet another trip to the disabled list. The Padres’ wretched offense was in full swing by that point, and their starting first baseman was a prime culprit, mustering a .210/.250/.341 batting line, with a low .131 ISO and .222 BABIP in tow. Upon his return to the lineup in the latter portion of July, he managed to hit the cover off the ball for nearly three weeks, before a right forearm strain ended his campaign for good. The aforementioned surge at the plate boosted his final line to a more respectable .240/.285/.397. If the power demonstrated last year (seven homers and 19 doubles in 267 at-bats) continues unabated, Alonso may finally tap into the potential that has been evident, when healthy, during parts of five professional seasons.
Alonso, who entered the season as the Padres' unquestioned starting first baseman, didn't disappoint during the first two months, belting three homers each in April and May, before landing on the disabled list due to a broken hand. Upon his return just before the All-Star break, he failed to clear the fences thereafter, while tallying just four extra-base hits (all doubles) and receiving no at-bats after Aug. 30 due to sore hands. However, he displayed greater plate discipline in the second half -- a 17:15 K:BB ratio in 135 at-bats versus 15:32 in 199 at-bats in the first -- a telling sign that his ailments were taking a toll on his power stroke. The left-handed hitter, when healthy, clearly took advantage of Petco Park's more friendly right-field fence, which was moved in prior to 2013's opening pitch, as evidenced by four long balls at home. As a result, Alonso enters his age-27 season poised to surpass the career-high nine home runs he achieved in 2012, so long as he avoids the injury bug.
In his first full season in the majors, Alonso got off to a slow start (.263/.344/.362, three homers), but finished strong after the All-Star break (.285/.352/.430, six homers). As a lefty, he unsurprisingly hit righties much better than he hit lefties with eight of his nine home runs coming against them. In sum, it was a promising rookie year for the young first baseman. In 2013, Alonso will need to show more power, if he is to be taken seriously as a corner bat and because his home park demands it. He'll be close to 26 years old when the season starts, so it's natural to expect his power to continue to develop. If he can keep his strikeout rate low, there's good reason to believe that Alonso will avoid a sophomore slump, and he should benefit from having the right-field fences moved in at Petco Park.
At the plate, Alonso hit a robust .330/.398/.545 in 88 at-bats, fueled by a .387 BABIP. Alonso hasn't yet hit for the power many had hoped for from the 2008 first-round pick, but many believe that still could be coming. The Reds included him in a package sent to the Padres for Mat Latos in December, which finally removed Joey Votto as a roadblock to playing time at first base. Now that "lack of position" is no longer a part of his scouting report, Alonso is a nice sleeper after delivering a .943 OPS in limited duty as a 24-year-old for the Reds last season. The Padres traded Anthony Rizzo to the Cubs in January, so Alonso appears to be the favorite to start at first base come Opening Day.
Alonso started slowly in 2010 while trying to recover from the broken hamate bone that slowed his 2009 season down. A strong second half left him with decent overall numbers, though not the monster power numbers the Reds were hoping for when they drafted him. The bigger problem for the Reds is that an attempt to move him to left field at Triple-A Louisville fizzled out, leaving him without a position at the major league level, with Joey Votto obviously not going anywhere. There's a good chance that his bat will eventually catch up to expectations, but the odds are it will be with another organization after Alonso gets dealt. Because of the position issue, Alonso will probably spend half the summer in Louisville again.
Alonso is going to present a dilemma to the Reds in the future, because he can only handle first base (and marginally at that) defensively, and Joey Votto is firmly ensconced there. But that's not going to be an issue in 2010 - Alonso's bat, particularly his ability to hit for power, still needs work. A broken hamate bone suffered midseason while playing for Double-A Carolina slowed down his progress and cut back on Alonso's power once he returned. He hit well in the Arizona Fall League, but once again not for power. Look for him to spend most of 2010 at Triple-A Louisville.
Alonso was the Reds' first-round pick out of the University of Miami and signed right at the deadline after a somewhat rancorous negotiation. He tore it up in the Hawaii Winter League (.308/.419/.510) and could begin 2009 as high as Double-A Carolina. Alonso's good power and plate discipline made it hard for the Reds to pass him up in the draft, despite their needs at other positions. Defensively, he can only really handle first base, meaning that by 2010 the Reds will have to figure out how to get both him and Joey Votto in the lineup.