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New York Mets who could become breakout stars in 2019

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Peter Alonso

Let’s start this list off with the player fans are the most excited to see headed into Spring Training.

Set to enter 2019 as New York’s top first base prospect, Peter Alonso has the potential to be one of the Mets top hitters for years to come, and his major league debut is all but confirmed to be set for the upcoming season.

Originally selected in the second round of the 2016 MLB Amateur Draft, Alonso has made waves in his short time in the Mets minor league system.

For the 2018 season, he began the season playing for Double-A, where he continued to produce and impressed scouts enough to be promoted to the Mets Triple-A affiliate Las Vegas 51s. In 132 games between the two teams, Alonso batted .285 with a .395 OBP, slugging 36 total home runs with 119 RBI.

Additionally, he was selected to represent the Mets in the 2018 Futures Game for Team USA, in the seventh inning of which, he slugged a moonshot, 415-foot 2-run homer, helping to cement his status as a dangerous hitter.

Despite his talent and success in the minor leagues, Alonso is unlikely to begin the 2019 season in the majors. This is not due to him not being major league ready, but rather so the Mets can retain and an extra year of control over his contract by calling him up later on in the season.

However, there is a consensus that he will be making his debut for the Mets sooner rather than later in the 2019 season.

If Alonso is called up early enough in the season and is given regular playing time so he can develop, there’s a very good chance that he could produce similarly to the way he did in the minors last year.

The guy can hit for both average and power, walks a lot and just flat-out can tear the cover off the ball and he is only 24 years old. He is a prime candidate to be a breakout player for New York in 2019.