Yonder Alonso, First Base, Cleveland Indians
Date of Birth: 4/8/1987
Birthplace: Havana, Cuba
College: University of Miami
Yonder Alonso, first baseman for the Cleveland Indians, was first drafted in 2005 by the Minnesota Twins but he opted for college. Three years later, he was drafted by the Cincinnati Reds and he signed a five-year, $4.55 million contract with them. Alonso started in the minor leagues in 2008 and two years later, he played in his first game in the major leagues. He stayed with the Reds for just two years, playing in 22 games with them in 2010 and in 47 games in 2011.
In December, 2011, the Reds traded Alonso to the San Diego Padres. He batted .273 with 150 hits, 39 doubles, and 62 RBIs in 155 games in 2012, his rookie year in the major leagues. In 2013, he suffered from hand injuries and he played in just 97 games with the Padres. He finished the 2014 season with 64 hits, 19 doubles, and a .240 batting average in 84 games.
Alonso spent time on the DL in 2015. He finished the season with 100 hits, 18 doubles, and a .282 batting average in 103 games. Defensively, as a first baseman, he made 54 assists, 71 double plays, 817 putouts, and 3 errors in 102 games. He had a .997 fielding percentage.
Alonso was traded to the Oakland Athletics on December 2, 2015. He finished the 2016 season with 122 hits, 34 doubles, 56 RBIs, and a .253 batting average in 156 games. Defensively, as the Athletics' first baseman in 145 games, he made 70 assists, 118 double plays, 1,155 putouts, and 4 errors.
The Athletics traded Alonso to the Seattle Mariners on August 6, 2017. He finished the 2017 season with 120 hits, 22 doubles, 28 home runs, 67 RBIs, and 118 strikeouts to 68 walks in 100 games with the Athletics and 42 games with the Mariners. Defensively, as a first baseman in 135 games, he made 63 assists, 96 double plays, 964 putouts, and 10 errors.
Alonso became a free agent on November 2, 2017. He signed with the Indians on December 23, 2017.
Career batting statistics for Alonso through 2017 include:
- 806 games played
- 685 hits
- 149 doubles
- 306 RBIs
- 455 strikeouts to 276 walks
- .268 batting average
Career fielding statistics for Alonso at first base through 2017 include:
- 709 games played
- 391 assists
- 484 double plays
- 5,567 putouts
- 36 errors
- .994 fielding percentage