Originally written on Baseball Professor  |  Last updated 11/17/14
Once considered one of the best up-and-coming players in the game, Yonder Alonso has fallen off the map. Ranked by Baseball America as the top prospect in the Padres organization last year, Alonso slashed a decent .273/.348/.393 in his first full season in the majors. However, due to his lack of power (he only hit nine home runs last year) and the vast depth of the first base position, Alonso only ranked as the 39th-best first baseman according to ESPN’s Player Rater. Although the 39th ranked first baseman isn’t even worth starting in a deep NL-only league, the fact that Alonso is ranked so low makes him a great sleeper candidate for 2013. While Alonso hit “only” .273 last year, he should have hit much higher. His .318 BABIP might seem a little high — if not normal —  but it’s actually quite low for the type of hitter he is. Alonso hit line drives (balls that usually fall for hits) about 23.7% of the time last year, well above the league average of 20.9%. Plus, Alonso’s 2.8% infield...
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