Carlos Alonso Continues to Defy the Odds

TGB client Carlos Alonso continues to defy the odds. The Boston, Massachusetts native went undrafted out of high school, and again in his junior year at the University of Delaware despite an impressive campaign. Alonso went back for his senior year and simply dominated Colonial Athletic Association pitching, hitting out 16 home runs to go along with 47 RBI’s and a .389 batting average. Alonso proved his worth and was selected in the 32nd round of the 2010 draft by the Philadelphia Phillies.

Since starting his career with the Phillies in 2010, Alonso has continued to hit at every level. In his first full season of professional baseball in 2011, Alonso hit a remarkable .322 with 28 walks and only 15 strikeouts in 174 at-bats. His offensive success can be credited to his patient approach at the plate, as evidenced by his career 10.99% walk rate in the minor leagues. Alonso also provides gold glove calibre defense, winning the 2013 Rawlings Minor League Gold Glove Award as the best defensive second baseman in the minors.

Alonso is coming off a notable year in 2014, posting career highs in home runs (10), RBI’s (44), walks (60), stolen bases (8), and extra base hits (35) while playing with Philadelphia’s AA-level affiliate, the Reading Phillies.  The second baseman had a torrid month of June in which he hit .327, with 3 home runs, 9 RBI’s and 16 walks in 98 at-bats. As a result of his strong season, Alonso was acknowledged as a mid-season all-star in the Eastern League in 2014.

Alonso is likely to start the 2015 season with the Phillies AAA affiliate, the Lehigh Valley IronPigs. The soon-to-be 27 year old is within sight of the big leagues, something most would not have expected from a 32nd round pick out of the University of Delaware. Becoming a big leaguer would be another great accomplishment in the Alonso family, as his brother Kiko was a second round pick and a current player for the NFL's Buffalo Bills. With his impressive approach to hitting and his quality glove in the field, Alonso continues to make the improbable probable.