The New York Mets won’t be giving prospect Peter Alonso a chance in September, and he is not happy about it.
As the month of September approaches, fans and players always look to see which players from the minor leagues will be joining the big club. For the New York Mets, Peter Alonso, the player fans were most excited to see will not be getting that chance.
In an interview with Anthony of DiComo of MLB.com, Alonso expressed his frustration of not getting the call.
“I’m not going to lie, it’s really disheartening and disappointing.”
Alonso has had a great year in Triple-A playing for Las Vegas slashing .277, belting 33 home runs and driving in 111 RBI. All of the hard work he has put in offensively is showing and the 23-year-old was almost certain that he’d be getting the call-up he’s waited all season for.
The numbers look great if you are a Mets fan but, there are a few things that the organization and Alonso need to look at. First, the Amazins’ do not have the room for the first baseman to see a significant amount of playing time. Dominic Smith, Jay Bruce, and Wilmer Flores are all expected to see time at first throughout the month of September. This is perhaps the worst case scenario for Alonso, getting the call to major leagues and riding the bench.
Should the Mets decide to call up Alonso, they begin his service time. Why would New York begin that time when you can get more years of control? Perhaps Alonso does understand this when he says, “I understand it’s an organizational decision, and at the end of the day, I have to respect that.”
But then you hear things like this:
“But it’s really disheartening because I feel like I’ve performed, and am deserving of a reward. At the end of the day when you look up, it’s like, what else can you do? I guess the answer is nothing.”
You like the passion that Alonso has, and his drive to get the show. But do you really want a young prospect already start to question the moves the organization is making? Someone who has yet to make his name on the big stage? The answer to that question is simple, no you don’t.
Playing in New York will eventually teach Alonso that the New York media can be ruthless. Quotes like these will become a big deal, especially when it comes from someone who has yet to prove himself.
How he goes from here will be huge, because he already is off to a poor start.