San Diego Padres, Yonder Alonso: A Sleeper and a keeper

Yonder Alonso is a name you might not be too familiar with but in fantasy circles his name is less unknown. For the past two months, the 25-year-old, former 1st round pick of the Cincinnati Reds, has been on fire! Over the past 27 games he has hit safely in 24 of them, good for a .367 clip.

1B/OF Yonder Alonso scores ahead of the tag by Mets catcher Rob Thompson at Citi Field on Thursday, May 24th. Photo: (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)

But, as they say on those late night infomercials, “that’s not all”… He has become a fantasy writer’s delight because of some of the amazing stats he’s posted and the fact that he’s not that well-known. Only owned in 30% of leagues, Alonso has enormous upside and has to be considered a must add especially in keeper leagues, while for other team managers, we would recommend him in deeper leagues of 12 or more unless or until his performance continues to accelerate or begins to ebb.

For starters, the youngster in just his third season in the bigs, has a modest eight game hitting streak going to go with his nine game hitting streak earlier this month! Besides his .300+ batting average, a key category in most 5×5 standard leagues, he has been a ‘Doubles’ machine, amassing 16 so far in the season, on pace for 50. Read more here…