New York Mets general manager Brodie Van Wagenen hopped on WFAN to let the world know he expects Peter Alonso to be the Opening Day 1B.
There’s no messing around. Brodie Van Wagenen made it clear on Wednesday.
When on with WFAN’s Mike Francesa, the newly-minted New York Mets general manager made it clear that he believes Peter Alonso will represent the club’s Opening Day first baseman in 2019.
Van Wagenen says he intends for Peter Alonso to be the Opening Day first baseman. Lot of confidence in the kid. #Mets could use the RH power bat.
— David Lennon (@DPLennon) December 5, 2018
Alonso, 23, actually became the story late during the 2018 season when his agents publicly announced disappointment that their client had yet to find himself in The Show.
The non-move also miffed fans. During a lost season, not calling up a 23-year-old prospect raking the ball in Triple-A felt disturbing.
In 67 at Triple-A Las Vegas a year ago, Alonso destroyed the ball 21 times over the fence. He also collected 67 runs batted in while hitting .260.
Alonso smashed 36 home runs while tallying 119 runs batted in during the entire summer, 67 games at Triple-A Las Vegas and 65 contests at Double-A Binghamton.
April 11 is the magic date.
If the Mets wait until then, they’ll garner an extra year of control over the studly prospect. It’s not that Alonso doesn’t deserve the Opening Day post, it’s the front office strategy that plays greatly into the entire situation.
Whichever way the wind blows come March, the certainty that Peter Alonso’s power right-handed bat could be useful in the New York Mets lineup remains a complete truism.