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Mets: Peter Alonso, Andres Gimenez named to Futures Game roster

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WASHINGTON, DC - JULY 26: The logo for the 2018 All Star Game is shown during a news conference at Nationals Park before the start of the Washington Nationals and Milwaukee Brewers game on July 26, 2017 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC - JULY 26: The logo for the 2018 All Star Game is shown during a news conference at Nationals Park before the start of the Washington Nationals and Milwaukee Brewers game on July 26, 2017 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)
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The New York Mets top two prospects will participate in the Futures Game on Sunday, July 15 at Nationals Park. Get ready to see Peter Alonso and Andres Gimenez play on the national state.

Two New York Mets prospects will represent the squad at the 2018 Futures Game in Washington D.C. First baseman Peter Alonso was announced for the U.S. squad and current top organizational prospect, Andres Gimenez was named to the World Team.

For those interested, they’ll be joined by these players.

Alonso sped his way through the Mets farm system. The former Florida Gator was the Mets’ second-round pick in 2016. He made it to Double-A Binghamton by the end of 2017. After starting 2018 there, he earned an in-season promotion to Triple-A Las Vegas.

Listed at 6’3” and 245, Alonso has tapped into his power. He hit 18 home runs between St. Lucie and Binghamton in 2017. This season, Alonso has already surpassed that mark with 19 homers to date. Among them, 15 came in Binghamton where he also hit .314 over 65 games.

It has been a bit of a slower start for him while adjusting to a new level in Las Vegas with a .197/.361/.424 slash line through 18 games. Still, the progress he’s made has been tremendous in just two years.

This notion was dispelled earlier in the year, but you wonder if the Mets become big sellers, will that open the door for Alonso to make his Major League debut late this season. Regardless, we should be sure to see him at some point in New York by 2019 at this rate.

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Gimenez was ranked as a top 30 international prospect in 2015. He signed with the Mets for $1.2 million and is currently in St. Lucie. At just 19 years old, there’s still plenty more room for the young shortstop to develop.

After a debut season in the Dominican Summer League that saw Gimenez post a .469 on-base percentage, he was bumped up to Columbia at 18 years old. He had a solid season especially when you factor in his youth.

This season, Gimenez is hitting .269 with five homers and 26 RBI in 75 games. Through 229 career games, Gimenez has drawn 96 walks.

As Gimenez continues to develop and progress through the ranks, his defense and advanced approach at the plate have generally garnered the most praise.

Gimenez is further away from a New York debut but at this rate, we could expect to see him in the Big Apple in two or three years. He has played mostly at short, but we could see him play a little more at second with Amed Rosario ahead on the depth chart.

The Mets have had their fair share of representation in this game over the years. Last year, it was Rosario and Tomas Nido who represented the club. Dominic Smith, Michael Conforto, Brandon Nimmo, Noah Syndergaard, Zack Wheeler, Wilmer Flores, and Kevin Plawecki have also all appeared in the Futures Game in the last six years.

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Let’s hope Alonso and Gimenez have futures like a few of those men.

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