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Yonder Alonso

position

Third Base

Height

6-2

Weight

210 lbs.

Class

Freshman

Hometown

Miami, Fla.

High School

Coral Gables HS

Yonder Alonso
19  Yonder Alonso
Class:
Junior
Hometown:
Miami, Fla.
High School:
Coral Gables
Height / Weight:
6-2 / 215
Position:
1B
Experience:
HS

• 2008 Louisville Slugger Preseason Second Team All-American
• 2008 Preseason Watch List for Brooks Wallace Player of the Year Award
•2008 Baseball America Preseason First Team All-American
• 2007 Louisville Slugger Third Team All-American
• 2007 Baseball America Second Team All-American
• 2007 All-Atlantic Coast Conference Second Team Selection

At Miami

Named to the preseason watch list for the 2008 Brooks Wallace Player of the Year Award … Named a 2008 Louisville Slugger second team preseason All-American by Collegiate Baseball … Named second team All-American by Baseball America and third team Louisville Slugger All-American by Collegiate Baseball Newspaper as a sophomore in 2007 … Named second team All-ACC in 2007 … Rated the No. 2 prospect in the Cape Cod League by Baseball America last summer … Rated the No. 5 college prospect in the class of 2008 by Baseball America … Named a 2007 Cape Cod League All-Star and earned All-Cape Cod League honors after hitting .338 for the Brewster Whitecaps with a team-high 51 hits, which included 12 doubles and four home runs, 25 RBI and 36 walks. He owned a .468 on-base percentage and slugged .497. Alonso led the Cape in on-base percentage and had the third-best batting average. He ranked second in the league in total hits and doubles … Became only the second freshman in Miami history in 2006 to lead the team in home runs and RBI (Ryan Braun, 2004) … Spreads the ball all over the field … Can play first or third … Named the top prospect in the Virginia Valley League by Baseball America during the summer of 2006 after hitting eight home runs in 99 at-bats for Luray.

Sophomore (2007)

  • Led the team and ACC with 18 home runs while hitting a team-best .376 in 61 games.
  • Had a team-high 74 RBI, which also tied for first in the ACC.
  • Drew a team-high and ACC-best 64 base on balls, which ranks sixth all-time in a single season at Miami.
  • Also ranked in the top 10 in the ACC in individual batting (6th, .376), runs scored (10th, 57 runs), total bases (4th, 148 total bases), on-base percentage (2nd, .519), slugging percentage (2nd, .705).
  • Second among Miami regulars fielding .985.
  • Started all 61 games at first base for the Hurricanes.
  • Hit .291 in 30 ACC games finishing with 30 hits, 25 runs scored, five doubles, eight home runs, 31 RBI, 31 walks and a perfect 7-for-7 in stolen base attempts.
  • Had 21 games with at two hits or more and 20 games with two RBI or more.
  • Ended the season on a season-long nine game hitting streak which started on May 17 at home against Duke.
  • Columbia (Mo.) Regional Highlights(6/1-3):
  • Posted three hits in the NCAA Regional adding two runs scored, a double and three walks; 2-for-4 with one run scored against Louisville.
  • ACC Tournament (5/23-27):
  • Hit .400 in the tournament finishing with five walks, two RBI and a run scored; 2-for-4 with a double and RBI against Clemson in the opening game.
  • Regular Season Highlights
  • vs. Mercer (2/2-3): Hit .666 (4-for-6) with one RBI, a home run and five walks; 3-for-3 with two runs scored and one home run in the season opener.
  • vs. UCLA (2/9-11): Hit .571 (4-for-7) with six RBI, two home runs and four walks; Set a career-high with four hits going 4-for-4 with two home runs, four RBI and three runs scored in game two of the series.
  • at Florida (2/16-18): Hit .500 (6-for-12) with three runs scored, six RBI, two home runs and three walks; 2-for-4 with three RBI and a home run in game two of the series; 3-for-4 with three RBI, a double and a home run in the series finale.
  • vs. Clemson (3/30-4/1): Hit .333 (4-for-12) with six RBI and two home runs; Finished 2-for-5 with four RBI and two home runs in the series opening 10-3 win; 2-for-3 with two RBI in the series finale.
  • vs. FIU (4/4; 4/11): Finished 3-for-4 with three RBI in the first meeting in Coral Gables; 2-for-4 with three RBI and two runs and a home run in the second game at University Park.
  • vs. NC State (4/13-4/15): Batted .500 (5-for-10) with three walks and one RBI in the series; 3-for-5 in the opening game.
  • vs. Florida State (4/27-4/29): Batted .375 (3-for-8) with four RBI, two home runs and four walks; 2-for-4 with four RBI and two homers in the series opener.
  • vs. Duke (5/17-5/19): Closed out the regular season with a 7-for-13 performance in the Duke series; 2-for-4 with two doubles and an RBI in the series opener; 4-for-5 with a career-best six RBI, two doubles and a home run in the series finale.

Freshman (2006)

Led the team with 69 RBI, 10 home runs, eight sacrifice flies and 587 putouts at first base- only the second freshman in Miami history to lead the team in home runs and RBI (Ryan Braun, 2004).Also led Miami’s regulars with a .994 fielding percentage.Started every game at first base and hit .295 with 48 runs scored, 18 doubles and 32 walks.College World Series Highlights (6-17, 19, 20): Hit .273 in the series with two walks.2-for-3 with a pair of singles and a walk against Rice.Oxford Super Regional Highlights(6/10-12): Hit .385 with two home runs and five RBI against Ole Miss; 1-for-4 with a RBI walk and scored Miami’s final run of the Super Regional in the eighth inning; 3-for-4 in the Game 2 with two runs scored and hit a solo home run to lead off the eighth inning; 1-for-5 with a three-run home run in the second inning of Game 1.Lincoln Regional Highlights(6/2-5): Hit .200 in the Regional with 33 putouts.Recorded 16 putouts at first base in the Regional Championship against Manhattan with a walk and run scored at the plate; singled, walked and stole a base in the 8-2 win against Manhattan; 1-for-3 with a run, RBI single in the third inning and a walk in the Regional opener against San Francisco. Regular Season Highlightsvs. Wright State (5/5-7): Hit .444 (4-for-9) for the series with a 1.222 slugging percentage and 11 total bases on two home runs and a double; led the team with six RBI in the series; 2-for-3 with a a run and two RBI in the series finale with a double and sac fly; hit a three-run home run in the first inning of the 14-1 win; 1-for-4 with a solo home run in the fourth inning to snap a 1-1 tie in the series opener. at N.C. State (4/28-30): Went 3-for-11 in the series with three RBI
and a pair of doubles;tied a career high with three runs scored in the
series finale and went 2-for-4 with a double, walk and two RBI; scored
the game-tying run in the seventh inning of the series finale win.vs. Virginia (4/21-23): Went 5-for-13 with two doubles and had an
RBI in each game; closed out the series going 3-for-5 with a double,
RBI and two runs scored. at Maryland (3/24-26): Totaled three hits, two doubles, three runs
scored, two RBI and three walks in the series at Duke (3/17-19): Hit .500 in the series with three RBI, a home run and a double; hit a two-run home run in the first inning of the second game.vs. Manhattan (3/15): Went 2-for-4 with three RBI.vs. Fordham (3/14): Recorded a season-high 17 putouts at first
base.vs. Virginia Tech (3/10-12): Led the team with eight RBI in the series; hit .300 in the series with a double, home run and two walk; hit his third home run of the season in the second game of the series and drove in four runs; doubled and drove in three runs in the series opener.vs. Michigan State (3/8): Went 2-for-4 with two runs scored and threw out a runner at home with the bases loaded in the fourth inning.vs. Bethune-Cookman (2/24-26): Reached base seven times in the series on four hits and three walks; posted a .636 on-base percentage and a .500 batting average.vs. Florida (2/17-19): Hit .384 for the series (5-of-13) with two doubles and three RBI; 3-for-5 with a double, two RBI and two runs scored in the series finale.vs. Louisville (2/15): Went 2-for-3 with a three-run home run in the sixth inning and scored two runs. vs. Winthrop (2/3-5): Went 8-for-13 in the series with a home run, two doubles and eight RBI; first career hit came in the series opener, a three-run home run to begin a 3-for-4, six RBI day.vs. FIU (1/28-1/29): Made his collegiate debut in the season opener and drew three walks; totaled two runs and stole one base with an RBI in the series.

Coral Gables

  • Played for head coach Israel Camacho at Coral Gables … Three-time team MVP … Captained his team and set school records for single-season average (.530), runs batted in (33) and walks (33) … Two-time all-state selection and three-time All-Dade pick … Team Offensive Player of the Year three times and was the Dade Offensive Player of the Year as a senior … Florida Sports Writers Association 2005 6A First-Team All-State infielder.
  • Senior (2005): Hit .530 with six home runs, 33 walks and 33 RBI …
    named team MVP and Miami-Dade Offensive Player of the Year.
  • Junior (2004): Miami Herald First-Team All-Dade selection in the infield ; Batted .420 with 28 RBI and five home runs.
  • Sophomore (2003): Hit .510 with five home runs, 16 doubles and 25 RBI.
  • Freshman (2002): Knocked in 30 runs and hit .405 with four home runs.

Personal

  • Son of Luis and Damaris Alonso.
  • Has one younger sister, Yainee.
  • Majoring in criminology.
  • Born in Cuba and moved to the U.S. when he was nine years old.
  • Selected in the 15th round of the 2005 MLB Draft by the Minnesota Twins.
  • High school teammate of pitcher Jason Santana and catcher Ben Vazquez.
  • Attended the same high school as former Florida Marlin star Mike Lowell.