John Fay

Alonso Accelerates

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When the Reds signed Yonder Alonso to a $4.55 million big league contract out of the 2008 draft, the company line was that he could be in the majors by 2010. Alonso's performance in Hawaii Winter Baseball showed that may not be wishful thinking. He hit .308/.419/.510 with four home runs and 21 RBIs in 29 games for the league champion Waikiki BeachBoys and made the postseason all-star team at first base.

Majors | #2008#Cincinnati Reds#Organization Reports

Surging Ahead

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Chris Dickerson hasn't changed his batting stance. He hasn't cut down on his swing. But Dickerson is hitting like he's never hit in his career. Dickerson, a Triple-A Louisville outfielder, put together a recent, 10-game surge in which he hit .361. That had him at .287/.387/.479. Dickerson, 26, came into this year as a .255 career hitter. He hit .236, .242 and .263 the past three seasons.

Majors | #2008#Cincinnati Reds#Organization Reports