New York Mets prospect Peter Alonso is having himself an amazing year and could be called up this season. He showed why in the Futures Game on Sunday with one big blast.
Alonso, who was called up to Triple-A Las Vegas after a stellar start to the season in Double-A Binghamton, recently partook in the annual All-Star Futures Game. This season, the game was held at Washington Nationals’ ballpark in Washington D.C. The park was host to a team of USA prospects and another team of Worldwide prospects.
Alonso played in 65 games for the Binghamton Rumble Ponies, hitting .314 and smashing 15 home runs. Thanks to his excellent play, he was called up to the Las Vegas 51s where he has been hitting for power, but not average at a lowly .191 (Stats as of 7/16). Alonso’s combined slashing line for the season is .280/.410/.539.
He was invited to the All-Star Futures Game to play for team USA and certainly did not disappoint. Even before the game started, he was putting on a show. In batting practice with Team USA, he was hitting moonshots left and right.
Then, in the actual game, he hit a monster 2-run bomb to left field as seen below:
According to StatCast, Alonso’s 7th inning moonshot home run was the first ever recorded home run of 113+ mph and a launch angle of 40+ degrees. That is a pretty incredible feat considering StatCast has been around for over three years and has recorded thousands of baseball games.
With Alonso exceeding and the New York Mets in the midst of a disastrous season, it wouldn’t be a surprise to see him up in the big leagues once rosters expand in September. He has seemingly hopped Dominic Smith as a future first baseman.
Despite rumors that he won’t be in Flushing this season, the way he has been playing and his more than impressive showing at the All-Star Futures Game seem to disprove these rumors.
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Good luck to Peter Alonso and we hope to see him up in the bigs soon!