There was a somewhat familiar face, or at least name, in the list of draft picks from the Mets.
In the 38th round of this year’s draft, the Mets selected Daniel Alfonzo — that’s right, the son of former Met Edgardo Alfonzo. This is especially exciting for yours truly, as he hails from Bayside High School, right in my neighborhood.
Is Daniel anything like his father? Well, he plays both third base and shortstop, just like his father. Additionally, he has had quite the success at Bayside HS. He helped the team win their first PSAL Championship in 2016. This year, over the course of 16 games in the regular season, Alfonzo had 24 hits in 51 at-bats. This included three home runs and 10 extra-base hits. In his four total PSAL seasons, he never hit lower than .471.
Oh, and all throughout his high school baseball career, he wore No. 13, which you all know what the number that his father wore for eight years with the Mets.
Tommy Tanous, Mets Vice President of Amateur Scouting had the following to say about Alfonzo:
"“We’ve seen him quite a bit. He’s a really, really talented kid. He plays third base, can hit, can do a little bit of everything.”“He’s a great kid. Obviously, the bloodlines are there. And he’s a heck of a baseball player.”"
And with the way the Mets past couple of seasons have been going, the team needs players who can play more than just one position.
As a Bayside, Queens native, I can personally attest for the excitement happening within the neighborhood — everyone is continuously talking about it on social media, and we are so proud that one of our own will be with our hometown team.
Daniel plans to honor his commitment to Adelphi and will forgo his selection by the Mets. Hopefully in the (near) future he’ll be able to get drafted again, and of course, selected by the Mets again. Fonzie was a great Met, and hopefully his son will follow in his footsteps, make it to the majors, and also make a name for himself in Flushing.