Reds 2008 #1 pick Yonder Alonso has been assigned to the AA Carolina Mudcats and is listed on the roster as an outfielder; he will play primarily as a left fielder.

UPDATE: Another thing I found interesting was that Devin Mesoraco is at Lynchburg (A+), repeating a level and the Reds brought in Brandon Yarbrough, a 24 year old catcher from the Cardinals organization at AA (played part of last season at AAA for St. Louis).

I’ve been a Reds fan since the late ’60’s, with my luck of being able to attend plenty of games at Riverfront during the BRM era. I was sitting in the Green Seats in the OF when Pete came home in ’84 and was in the Red seats when Glenn Braggs reached over the fence in ’90 to beat the Pirates. I have had many favorites from Jim Maloney to Johnny Bench, Barry Larkin, Adam Dunn, and Jay Bruce.

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  1. Well, that answers that question now doesn’t it. But there doesn’t seem to be any room for him there either. What to do?

  2. If he hits, there’s room.

  3. That sure is interesting…I guess it is to experiment, if it works great; if it doesn’t work they will move him back to first.

    • That sure is interesting…I guess it is to experiment, if it works great; if it doesn’t work they will move him back to first.

      Just a preview..in my interview I did with John Fay last night, he said that in talking to Rick Sweet about the Louisville team, he said how big the outfield is in Louisville and how much ground there is to cover, etc; I wonder if that’s the reason he’s learning to play the OF in AA?

  4. @TC: Dude, there is totally room in left.

  5. @Bill Lack: That would totally make sense. Plus, maybe down there he can reclaim his power. The L’ville team is pretty stacked already, so by sending him down, it isn’t going to hurt anybody.

  6. @Jason461: Gomes, Dickerson, Heisey, Frazier, Francisco, Balentien (if he clears waivers), now Alonso. Really? There is room? Only one guy can play the position.

  7. Yarborough and Weems were both guys I was interested in and followed closely this spring. Both left a lot to be desired. Maybe they are both just slow starters, but the Reds really need to do something about catching prospects in the minors. Mesoraco is not coming along as quickly as some (myself included) expected. This year should be the year we find out if he will one day be a major league catcher.

  8. There’s room in LF for Alonso…but, he’s going to have to hit to earn it. He seems to have a long way to go.

    Oh, and Rick Sweet is a great guy, and knows what to say and how to say it…I’ll kind of leave it at that. LF is LF.

    Well, I looked it up…LF line is 325, RF line is 340, but it does look LCF is deeper than RCF–no dimension listed that I could find quickly.

    Oh, the batsbaseball.com webpage is indicating that Sam LeCure will be the opening day starter on Thursday at Toledo. At least, they’re showing his picture with his name as the starting pitcher, so I am assuming.

    They are only showing nine position players on the roster, and that includes both Dorn and Frazier listed as outfielders…which, really doesn’t mean much. Castillo is the only listed catcher.

    Notables not listed: OF Josh Anderson, C Corky Miller, IF Chris Burke, IF Aaron Miles, OF Wladimir Balentien, and OF Kevin West, Luis Terrero, and Sean Danielson.

    No doubt some of those guys will be there and some won’t…but the do have 14 pitchers listed…(14 pitchers + 9 position +23 and that’s what they usually play with).

    • There’s room in LF for Alonso…but, he’s going to have to hit to earn it.He seems to have a long way to go.Oh, and Rick Sweet is a great guy, and knows what to say and how to say it…I’ll kind of leave it at that.LF is LF.Well, I looked it up…LF line is 325, RF line is 340, but it does look LCF is deeper than RCF–no dimension listed that I could find quickly.Oh, the batsbaseball.com webpage is indicating that Sam LeCure will be the opening day starter on Thursday at Toledo.At least, they’re showing his picture with his name as the starting pitcher, so I am assuming.They are only showing nine position players on the roster, and that includes both Dorn and Frazier listed as outfielders…which, really doesn’t mean much.Castillo is the only listed catcher.Notables not listed:OF Josh Anderson, C Corky Miller, IF Chris Burke, IF Aaron Miles, OF Wladimir Balentien, and OF Kevin West, Luis Terrero, and Sean Danielson.No doubt some of those guys will be there and some won’t…but the do have 14 pitchers listed…(14 pitchers + 9 position +23 and that’s what they usually play with).

      Louisville is the only team in the organization w/o a roster up yet. They’re done by MiLB.com, so hopefully sometime today…

  9. Mesoraco is on target to be Dane Sardinha.

    Catchers should not be drafted in the first round…Johnny Bench was even taken #2…

    Seriously, two typical draft rules from “sabermetric circles” (yes,there are exceptions): do not draft catchers or relievers in the first round.

    Devin Mesoraco and Ryan Wagner are recent Reds examples.

    • Mesoraco is on target to be Dane Sardinha.Catchers should not be drafted in the first round…Johnny Bench was even taken #2…Seriously, two typical draft rules from “sabermetric circles” (yes,there are exceptions):do not draft catchers or relievers in the first round.Devin Mesoraco and Ryan Wagner are recent Reds examples.

      Not saying you’re wrong, but at this point, it doesn’t matter where he was drafted, only if he becomes a major league catcher.

      I’m not ready to write him off yet either. He’s still young, he improved dramatically (defensively) from A to A+, and his offensive numbers stayed basically the same going from a hitter’s league to a pitcher’s league.

      That said, repeating A+ is not a good sign either.

  10. @TC: Another way to think about is that if anyone of those guys was “the guy,” they’d be playing there right now with no questions asked. Like Steve said, Alonso could earn it just as much as anyone else.

  11. I seem to recall how much people were raving about Devin Mesoraco during the spring. It’s not like this guy is old. He’s 21 years old. Would it have been nice if Jason Heyward would have fallen one more spot? Sure, but it’s not like there was much left aside from Rick Porcello (taken 12 picks later).

    That said, I don’t like the depth at catcher. One idea would be to trade for Wilson Ramos. You’d think he’d at least be considered now that Mauer is tied up for the long haul. How about Yonder Alonso for Ramos?

    The Reds have no solution at LF. It seems the Reds are content with having Francisco remain in the infield. Frazier still strikes me as a super utility or BP’s replacement. Heisey, while having a terrific year last year isn’t proven and is probably a fourth outfielder. Nix and Gomes are platoon players which means you spend twice as much on a position as you need to.

    I wouldn’t mind an outfield of Alonso, Stubbs, Bruce, Dickerson and Heisey.

    • I wouldn’t mind an outfield of Alonso, Stubbs, Bruce, Dickerson and Heisey.

      Oooh. Aaahhhh. Wouldn’t that be cool. And it’s the perfect balance of Lefties and Righties. I think you may have something there. 😉

  12. I read somewhere that Chapman will pitch Sunday.

    They’re coming to Columbus next Monday and Tuesday – I may try to go Tuesday.

  13. 😥 😥 About Wagner, he wasn’t getting anybody out so he retired with Washington.

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I've been a Reds fan since the late '60's, with my luck of being able to attend plenty of games at Riverfront during the BRM era. I was sitting in the Green Seats in the OF when Pete came home in '84 and was in the Red seats when Glenn Braggs reached over the fence in '90 to beat the Pirates. I have had many favorites from Jim Maloney to Johnny Bench, Barry Larkin, Adam Dunn, and Jay Bruce.

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