It’s been three good games of note recently for the best Phillies minor league player most fans have never heard of in Carlos Alonso. He is the Clearwater Threshers second baseman or is it now third baseman? In his last three games he delivered a walk off single in Thursday night’s extra inning win; went over 300 consecutive chances at second base without an error in Friday night’s game and for good measure scored his 50th run of the season by going all the way from first base on a double which turned out to be the winning run in a 3-2 win against the Daytona Cubs.
The Florida State League’s Northern Division’s second baseman lined a walk off single to center against the Brevard County Manatees which allowed the Threshers to salvage a spit of a doubleheader on Thursday. Alonso has been a good hitter all season, hitting .283 with runners in scoring position. He came up big with the bat with two strikes on him and two outs to get the game winning walk off hit.
The next night against the Manatees Alonso continued his strong play in the field with two putouts and four assists to put him over 300 chances this season without an error at second base. His perfect fielding percent is one of the tops in all of baseball. Only Chicago Cubs second baseman Darwin Barney has player error free ball at second base in the major leagues. Barney has yet to make an error at second in 297 chances.
Then on Saturday night Alonso scored his 50th run of the season all the way from first base on a double by Aaron Altherr in the third innings. At the time it gave the Threshers a 3-2 lead which held up for the eventual winning score. Carlos trails only the incredibly hot Maikel Franco, who has scored 51 runs helped by his 20 homers, among all Phillies organizational players in runs scored and is second among active players in the Florida State league in the important runs scored category. His base running ability is one of the best that I have seen in baseball even though he has only one stolen base this season.
What does the future hold for Carlos Alonso, the 25 year old now in his fourth season in the Phillies system? That remains to be seen since he was moved to third base in Saturday night’s game and handled all five ground out chances flawlessly. Such a move might portend a utility infielder role with the Phillies sometime in the future. Especially since they just signed John McDonald, a 38 year old journeyman to fill that role for the rest of the season with the major league team.
Alonso, in his second season with the Threshers, has nothing left to prove at the high A level. How can the Phillies Front Office appear to continue to all but ignore one of the best players in their system and keep him buried in Clearwater? All I can say is that every time I check the Threshers box score the first thing I look to see is if Alonso is in the lineup and where he is hitting. Now I must look to see what position he is playing. It’s hard to believe that I must even ask these questions about guy who deserves a better fate than the Phillies appear to be dealing him. If the Phillies do not need a second baseman who hits in the clutch, is one of the leaders in baseball in runs scored and plays error free defense, I am sure other team do and will come calling his name.