Pete Alonso is consistently showing why he should be the New York Mets Opening Day first baseman.
The 24-year-old prospect had an impressive season with the Mets’ AA Binghamton club before being promoted to AAA Las Vegas. There, he hit 21 home runs and drove in 67 runs in just 67 games.
A call up seemed inevitable. Instead, the Mets sent Alonso to the Arizona Fall League for more regular playing time.
When asked about the team’s decision Alonso replied:
I’m not going to lie, it’s really disheartening and disappointing because one of the things that people tell you is as long as you are successful, you’re going to be in the big leagues. It’s just one of those things where I understand it’s an organizational decision, and at the end of the day, I have to respect that. But it’s really disheartening because I feel like I’ve performed, and am deserving of a reward.
Fast forward six months and Alonso is again knocking on the door of the Major Leagues.
The team’s number one prospect is tearing it up in Florida. He’s hitting .414 with three doubles, three home runs and six RBI in the Mets’ first 10 Grapefruit League games.
Pete Alonso, casually hitting one WAY out of the stadium. No big deal.pic.twitter.com/zQUzv6oSYY
— SNY (@SNYtv) March 9, 2019
The New York Mets have been crying out for a power hitting first baseman since Carlos Delgado retired ten years ago. Alonso is showing that he is ready to fill this role.