Justin has his thoughts here on Reds first-rounder Yonder Alonso, 1B from Miama (FL). Another friend of Redleg Nation, Doug, has his report here (and his pre-draft scouting report here). Both are definitely worth reading.
Here are the remainder of the Reds’ first day picks:
1 Yonder Alonso 1B University of Miami
3 Zachary Stewart RHP Texas Tech University
4 Tyler Cline RHP Cass H.S. (Cartersville, GA)
5 Clayton Shunick RHP North Carolina State University
6 Alexander Buchholz SS University of Delaware
The links are to Doug’s reports on each. Good stuff.
By the way, after sleeping on it, I’m very satisfied with the pick of Alonso in the first round. I think everyone who is saying this means the end of Adam Dunn is jumping the gun. This guy won’t sniff the majors until 2010. Lots can happen between now and then. And if Alonso is ready before 2010, that’s a great problem to have. We would have two very valuable chips (in Joey Votto and Alonso).
We have a lot of time before there is an issue with the major league roster. This pick means nothing with respect to Votto and Dunn. The Reds just took the best available player. I’m happy about that.
Blame Chad for creating this mess.
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