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Yonder Alonso Must Carry San Diego Padres In April

Jake Roth-USA TODAY Sports

The San Diego Padres need someone to step up on offense while Chase Headley is out, and may have found their offensive spark in Yonder Alonso.

Alonso homered on Opening Day after hitting five homers during Spring Training, and may be on his way to a great second full season. He had just nine home runs in all of 2012 but started the season on a positive note even as the Padres lost. I really believe Alonso must carry this San Diego team until Headley returns in a few weeks.

Alonso does have the pedigree to do great things and the Padres should be happy they got him in the Mat Latos trade. The team now has a first baseman that will be there for the next five or ten years and one that is proving he can be patient at the plate as well. Alonso had an on-base percentage of .348 last year, which is exceptional for a player that is looked at as a power source.

San Diego may not win the National League West this season, but does have two players that will lead them in the future with Headley and Alonso.

I think that he can continue hitting like he did during Monday’s game. The fans in San Diego shouldn’t be surprised at all if Alonso finishes with over 20 home runs this season and at least 80 RBIs. The Padres could even find themselves around the .500 mark when this 2013 season ends.

Andy Schmidt is a columnist/writer for RantSports. Follow him on Twitter @ASchmidtSports, like his Facebook page or add him to your network on Google.