Reds tab slugging Miami first baseman
Second-team All-American Alonso happy to go to Cincinnati
PHILADELPHIA -- More than 10 years ago, Yonder Alonso's father gathered his family and defected from Cuba on a small plane with hopes that there would be a day like Thursday.Alonso, now a junior first baseman at the University of Miami, was the Reds' selection as the seventh overall pick on Thursday in the 2008 First-Year Player Draft. "I've been following them for a while," Alonso said. "They're a great team. I just can't wait to go meet [Ken] Griffey [Jr.] and [Adam] Dunn."
Reds' top five selections
|7.||1B||Yonder Alonso||U Miami|
|84.||RHP||Zachary Stewart||Texas Tech U|
|119.||RHP||Tyler Cline||Cass HS (Ga.)|
|149.||RHP||Clayton Shunick||North Carolina St U|
|179.||SS||Alexander Buchholz||U of Delaware|
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A reliever who could be a potential closer, Stewart transferred before this season from North Central Texas College. This season for Texas Tech, he was 3-2 with a 4.98 ERA and three saves in 17 appearances. He worked 47 innings and also made three starts. Round 4 (119th overall): Tyler Cline, RHP, Cass (Ga.) High School
Cline was rated the 24th-best prospect from Georgia in this year's Draft class. Round 5 (149th overall): Clayton Shunick, RHP, North Carolina State University
In 15 games, including 13 starts, for the Wolfpack, Shunick was 7-5 with a 2.16 ERA and one complete-game shutout. He had 23 walks and 108 strikeouts over 95 2/3 innings. Round 6 (179th overall): Alexander Buchholz, SS, University of Deleware
A .366 hitter in three collegiate seasons, Buchholz was a first-team preseason All-American pick. He batted .319 with five home runs, three triples, 11 doubles and 34 RBIs. He can also play second base and third base.
Mark Sheldon is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.