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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.

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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.

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Bailey Goes Back Down

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Homer Bailey's latest stint in the big leagues lasted three starts, and he still hasn't been able to stick. Bailey lost all three starts, and he was sent down after a 2 1⁄3 inning outing against the Red Sox on June 15. He gave up five runs on four hits—three of which were home runs—and pushed his ERA to 8.76.

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Worth The Risk

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Jordan Smith was a guy the Reds took a bit of a risk on when they picked him in the sixth round of the 2006 draft. Smith had been a catcher in high school before converting to pitcher at Southern Nevada CC. He was lean at 6-foot-4 and 174 pounds, but the Reds liked his arm enough to make him a high pick.

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Delayed Return On Investment

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So far, the infamous 2006 trade between the Reds and Nationals in which the Reds acquired Royce Clayton, Brendan Harris, Gary Majewski, Bill Bray and Daryl Thompson hasn't worked out so well for the Reds. Clayton and Harris have moved on. Bray and Majewski haven't worked out very well and started the 2008 season at Triple-A Louisville. However, the fifth player in deal, Thompson, is showing promise.

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