Mets: Peter Alonso is looking like the next Cody Bellinger
By Richard Heaton
The Mets have a lot to look forward to in Peter Alonso. The young first baseman is having a nearly identical season to how Cody Bellinger started his 2017 season.
Last season Cody Bellinger was playing some destructive baseball over the course of 18 games in Oklahoma City. This season the New York Mets have a similar player in Peter Alonso.
Before being called up, Bellinger hit five home runs over 67 at-bats. During that time, he was hitting .343 and his OPS was 1.055. That was a perfect combination leading to an early season call up and his power continued after he made it to Los Angeles.
To go along with his five home runs and 15 RBI’s, Bellinger had four doubles and scored 15 times.
During Alonso’s first 18 games of this season with Binghamton, his stats were very similar, if not better. Alonso had 63 at-bats during that 18 game span and hit .397. He matched Bellingers five home runs and one shy of Bellingers runs scored and RBI total, with 14.
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Alonso had two more doubles than Bellinger and was striking out and walking at a much better pace. Bellinger walked nine times and struck out 22 times. Alonso racked up 13 walks and strikeouts each.
The one difference between the two is that Alonso stayed in the minors. However, like Bellinger, his power only went up after his first 18 games. In his next 18 games, Alonso hits six home runs and drove in 19 runs.
By the end of May, Alonso had 14 home runs and 44 RBI’s over 52 games. By the end of last May, split between L.A. and O.K.C. Bellinger had 16 home runs and 44 RBI’s through 52 games.
The only thing that Bellinger has that Alonso does not is speed, as Bellinger racked up 17 steals all of last season. Alonso on the other hand stole three bases in 2016 and 2017 combined.
Still, Alonso looks like he can be a huge power threat and is on pace to finish the 2018 season with 30 to 40 home runs. In addition to that, his average is still above .300 and he’s doing all this outside of Las Vegas, where it would have been expected.
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If Alonso can play anywhere near that of Bellinger, which looks possible, the Mets will have a very bright future at first base.