The usual pattern for young players that debut in the major leagues involves them splashing on the scene with a lot of noise then slumping for a while when pitchers adjust. The events that follow that adjustment by the league’s pitchers are what make the difference between everyday major leaguers and those that can’t make the cut. The San Diego Padres rookie first baseman Yonder Alonso doesn’t like that pattern.
Alonso had a pretty good first half of his rookie season. You might think that he slumped at least a little bit during the second half. You’d be wrong if you did. Any slumping was very short lived. Across the board his offensive numbers were better in the second half than they were for the first part of the season. The only stats that went down were walks and strikeouts. Overall he wound up with a .273 average, 9 homers and 62 RBI. That was respectable enough for sixth in rookie of the year voting.
What about his second full season in 2013? I think the answer should be fairly simple. Alonso might not have caught the world on fire all of his rookie season but he was steady and productive. His power stroke should only develop more this season. Any adjustments made by pitchers, he has shown he can adjust back to. That could lead to what I believe will be a very good sophomore season for Alonso.