Yonder Alonso, First Base, Seattle Mariners
Date of Birth: 4/8/1987
Birthplace: Havana, Cuba
College: University of Miami
Yonder Alonso, first baseman for the Seattle Mariners, 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 Mariners on August 6, 2017.
Career batting statistics for Alonso through 2016 include:
- 664 games played
- 565 hits
- 127 doubles
- 239 RBIs
- 337 strikeouts to 208 walks
- .269 batting average
Career fielding statistics for Alonso at first base through 2016 include:
- 574 games played
- 328 assists
- 388 double plays
- 4,603 putouts
- 26 errors
- .995 fielding percentage