Another hitter who the fantasy baseball community felt the regression police would drag down during the course of the 2018 season was at-the-time Cleveland Indians first baseman (he was traded to the Chicago White Sox last week) Yonder Alonso but it was sort of a mixed bag on that front. While Alonso did take a jog back on the power as anticipated (going from 28 homers in 2017 to 23 a year ago), the lefty swinger posted a career-high 83 RBI in the stacked Cleveland lineup. Beyond the homers and RBI, however, Alonso was a liability as he batted just .250, scored 64 runs, and had a bagel in steals. It does need to be said that Alonso has at least cemented 20-25 home run power after serving mostly as a doubles first baseman during the first 7 seasons of his career and an unlucky .283 BABIP last year did help to depress the average a bit below where it should have been. With that said, Alonso only nets starting usage as a UTIL or CI bat in mixed leagues as guys with his profile can be had at a dirt cheap rate.
2019 PROJECTION: .264 24 HR 79 RBI 65 R 1 SB