Recently, Mets GM Brodie Van Wagenen declared that he will take the best 25 players to New York with him, and that includes Pete Alonso if he earns it. Even more recently, Pete Alonso declared that he wishes to be called Pete from now on, since that is what he is known as by his family and friends. Just this afternoon, though, Alonso showed the positives and negatives the Mets would receive if they called him up to the big leagues for this season.
The highlight of the Mets’ first spring training game of 2019 was Alonso’s monster home run to dead center field. Even more promising was that he showcased this tremendous power on the first pitch he saw. This 2-run home run tied the game for the Mets.
However, all was not smooth sailing for the Rookie of the Year contender. A beautiful diving play from Amed Rosario saved the ball from going into left field after it changed direction after hitting the mound. Next, there was a perfect throw from Rosario, but Alonso couldn’t hold on for the out. While the official scorer ruled the play as a base hit, the Mets’ broadcasting booth (especially 11-time gold glove first baseman Keith Hernandez) unanimously agreed that it should have been an error for Alonso.
If Alonso can keep up his continued success at the plate, he should be a stabilizing force of power in the middle of the Mets’ lineup.