2014 Padres Year In Review: Yonder Alonso
By Jason Evans
2014 was supposed to be a big year for Yonder Alonso. A year in which he could prove himself. A year he could solidify himself at the first base position. 2014 is over and we still don’t have an answer to if he can do any of those things or not.
Alonso only played in 84 games this past season due to injuries. His final stat line was .240/.285/.397 with seven homers and 27 RBI. Even when he did play this year, Yonder didn’t put up particularly devastating numbers to show that he should be the guy at first moving forward.
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Two year ago, Alonso finished sixth in ROY voting and hit .273 with nine homers and 62 RBI. Combined in 181 games since that season he’s hit 13 homers and driven in 72.
New GM A.J. Preller has a tough decision with Alonso. Does he get offered arbitration or does he get non-tendered and do the Padres dip into the trade or free agency market this winter. With a new hitting coach in place can that help Alonso improve his game if he stays?
It’s a huge part of what the Padres in 2015 will be like for a team that needs offense.
2014 was supposed to be a big year for Alonso. Unfortunately for him, he may not be a Padre in 2015.