New York Mets give us three big reasons to be thankful on Thanksgiving
By Jose Rivera
Reason 2: Peter Alonso & Andres Gimenez
Another thing Mets fans can be thankful for this year is the rising prospects of Peter Alonso and Andres Gimenez.
All year long Met fans have been screaming for the team to call up the first base prospect from Triple-A Las Vegas as he continued to mash the baseball.
Alonso started the year in Double-A Binghamton and hit 15 HR with 52 RBI in 65 games played. He also put together a batting average of .314 and an on-base percentage of .440.
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His BA and OBP did dip once he was promoted as in 67 games for Triple-A he hit .265 and had an OBP of .355. What did not take a hit was the power in his bat as we went on to hit 21 HR in Las Vegas and drive in 67 RBI.
Gimenez started the year as the Mets number one overall prospect. Gimenez was a little bit of an unknown coming into the season with the word being he was an average size infielder that was all glove and no bat.
Well, the bat showed up in 2018 as he started the year in Single-A St. Lucie and hit for a BA of .282 with 6 HR and 30 RBI in 85 games played. He also had 20 doubles in his stint in Single-A. The power numbers did take a dive when he was promoted to Double-A Binghamton, as he hit 0 HR but did drive in 16 runs with 9 doubles. He finished out the year with the Rumble Ponies hitting .277 with an OBP of .344.
These two kids are players to keep your eye on going forward as even though they may not start the year with the big club in 2019, it may not be too long until they get the call-up.
Alonso’s call-up seems like it would happen first due to his position not really being held down by anyone and the Mets need for an impact bat like his. Gimenez call-up may take a little longer due to the logjam in the middle infield for New York.
It’s not often you get an exciting prospect to talk about or even witness develop and the Mets are fortunate to have two of them. Especially when Alonso fits a need that the Mets really need it could be a lot of fun to watch his career unfold.
We also understand prospects are just prospects and there might be a chance that they fail and don’t pan out. But for now, we will remain thankful that there are a couple of in-house options that could help the Mets very soon.