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Next up for Community Discussion: Yonder Alonso of the San Diego Padres.
Alonso played 155 games for the Padres, hitting .278/.343/.393 with 62 walks and 101 strikeouts in 549 at-bats. He knocked 39 doubles, but hit just nine homers, fewer than is generally considered ideal for a first baseman.
He was an above-average offensive player overall, with a 109 OPS+ and a 108 wRC+, plus his defense helped give him a safely positive overall WAR at 2.0. He had a terrible month of June (51 wRC+) but was stronger in the second half, with a particularly impressive stretch in July (138 wRC+) and above-average production in August and September.
Alonso is inevitably compared to Cubs rookie and ex-Padre Anthony Rizzo, who posted a 1.8 WAR in just 60% of Alonso's playing time and is two years younger.
In any event, while Alonso wasn't outstanding this year, he wasn't bad either.
The question for discussion is this: Will Alonso improve significantly in the coming seasons, or is what he did in 2012 a fair expression of his abilities?
Will Yonder Alonso Improve Significantly?
Yes! He will still develop into an excellent player (64 votes)
Yes, to some extent. He will have better seasons but won't be a genuine star (283 votes)
Not really. This is about as good as he'll get (18 votes)
No. 2012 was actually his peak and he'll decline from here (2 votes)
367 total votes