Reds promote Alonso

Movin' on up ...

Yonder Alonso, 1B, Reds (Double-A Carolina)
Monday's stats: 3-for-4, 2 2B, 2 R, 3 RBI, BB, K
The Reds' top pick in 2008, Alonso was in the midst of a 14-game hitting streak in the Florida State League, batting .302/.378/.503 overall (average/on-base/slugging), when he got moved up to Double-A, where his debut in the Southern League was a rousing success. It's far too early to speculate about Joey Votto, so look at this move as the Reds simply hedging their bets, if anything.

Houston, we have liftoff

Ross Seaton, RHP, Astros (Low-A Lexington)
Monday's stats: 9 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 6 K

A projectable, 6-foot-4 righty who got an over-slot bonus of $700,000 in the third round last year, Seaton hasn't missed a ton of bats this year, striking out just 30 in 59 innings, but you can't say he hasn't been effective. Including the best start of his pro career on Monday, Seaton has allowed zero or one earned run in eight of 10 outings, and his 2.44 ERA ranks seventh in the Sally League. His fastball, slider and changeup all rate as average, and he could become scary if he develops one into an out pitch.

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