We’ve seen the best and worst of Peter Alonso since the New York Mets drafted him in 2016. Let’s examine what each scenario might look like in 2019.
Pistol Pete Alonso has provided fans with a sneak peek at his prodigious power and productive patience since he arrived in the organization. This power will be a welcome sight in Queens as the New York Mets struggled to put the ball over the fence in 2018.
The Mets hit just 170 home runs (1.05 per game) in 2018 after walloping 224 (1.38 per game) in 2017. Much of that was due to injuries to key sluggers such as Yoenis Cespedes and Jay Bruce as well as free agents that got away. Regardless, 2019 should once again be the year of the dinger for the orange and blue thanks in large part to the anticipated arrival of Mr. Alonso.
Evaluating a talent like Alonso can be a difficult one and while we’ve seen the upside he presents, we’ve certainly also seen how brutally he can struggle. Between the end of June and early August this past season, The Lumberjack hit just .197 with significantly more strikeouts than walks.
Thankfully, Peter pulled out of the slump- as good hitters usually do- and resumed what wound up being a fantastic overall campaign between AA and AAA. Not to mention his current scorching debut in the Arizona Fall League. This start just cemented his status as a bonafide top prospect.
We can expect to see him up in the majors early in 2019 and hopefully, the opportunity will be there for him to show us whether he’s the elite, slugging first baseman we’ve been waiting for or just another overhyped prospect.