4. Pete Alonso would suffer through significant growing pains as a rookie
Pete Alonso has been one of baseball’s most exciting players of 2019. He brings fire and passion to a Mets team that lacked both last season. He is in a bit of a slump at the moment, but so is almost every other member of that lineup.
He started the season scorching hot and seemed to be notching hits during every at-bat. He is slashing .259/.344/590 on the season with 15 home runs already. He was also April’s Rookie of the Month.
As Mets fans remember, it took time for the Mets to call Alonso up because of his defensive struggles. Even though he was baseball’s best first base prospect and was a power hitter in the Minors, the Mets were still hesitant to bring him to Flushing.
He was so bad defensively throughout his minor-league career that I expected him to continue to struggle even in the Majors. That has not been the case, so far. He has committed three errors and is boasting a fielding percentage of .990.
The Mets can breathe a sigh of relief and no longer have to sit on the edge of their seats worrying that Alonso’s poor defense will be too much to bear. I also did not expect Alonso to practically become the face of the organization this early on.
I am surprised that he has already hit 15 home runs, even though he is a power hitter. We may very well be seeing him turn into one of the best first basemen in the league and should expect him to start mashing again quite soon.