Yesterday I wrote an article about why the Mets should keep Pete Alonso in the Minor Leagues. On the flip side, there are reasons to believe he SHOULD make the Opening Day roster.
Between Class AA Binghamton and Class AAA Las Vegas last year, he hit 36 home runs with 119 R.B.I. and a .975 O.P.S. So far this spring Alonso is hitting: 4-for-10, HR, 2B, 2 R, 2 RBI, 2 BB, 0 K, 1.250 OPS.
The issue with Alonso is his defense but practice makes perfect…right? Alonso has been showing up to Mets camp early in the morning before any other Mets player working at first base. “He actually ruined the field,” Mickey Callaway told the New York Times. “The groundskeeper comes in and goes, ‘Hey man, what are you doing to the field?’ I’m like, ‘That’s Pete Alonso.’ He’s just out there working. That’s who he is. He’s going to continue to improve no matter where you put him.”
The reason the Mets should include him in their opening day lineup is clearly because of his offense. If Todd Frazier and Jed Lowrie remain sidelined to start the season the Mets would be given three options:
- Start J.D Davis at first with Adeiny Hechavarria at third.
- Start J.D Davis at first with Jeff Mcneil at third and Lagares in center.
- Start J.D Davis at third with Alonso at first base.
The best option here is 3. It creates the best offensive threat on opening day and rewards Alonso on his great spring. Years down the line when the Mets have to negotiate an extension, Alonso might remember the spring of 2019 and if he was called up or not.
“As much as the hitting is fun to watch, we had a pretty good idea what he could do offensively, his defensive strides have been pretty remarkable.” -Van Wagenen
Are two weeks going to matter? Every game matters. So I will ask this question again:
Can fans wait a couple of weeks to see Alonso so that the Mets can benefit long-term and gain an extra year before he hits free agency?