With the seventh overall pick in Thursday’s First-Year Player Draft, the Reds selected Yonder Alonso, a junior from the University of Miami.
He’s 21 years old, 6-foot-2 and 215 pounds. He’s a left-handed hitter. The comments section about Alonso on MLB.com’s draft tracker reads as follows:
“Alonso or Smoak? Smoak or Alonso? It can be quite a debate over which college first baseman should go first on Draft day. Alonso is a hitter, period, with a great approach and power, especially the other way right now. Defensively, he’s no great shakes, but it’s that bat that teams will dream about putting in the middle of their lineup to produce plenty of runs in the future.”
By the way, Smoak wasn’t taken before Alonso. And the player many predicted the Reds would take – shortstop James Beckham of the University of Georgia – went one pick later to the White Sox.