New York Mets rookie Pete Alonso is having an all-time season for MLB freshmen. Up against some fierce first base competition, will we see him in this year’s All-Star Game?
Through 60 games, Alonso is hitting .265 with 20 home runs with 45 RBI. His .955 OPS shows his ability to hit for power and get on base consistently.
There is zero doubt that Alonso is going to have a fantastic rookie season and be a finalist for the National League Rookie of the Year. He has been the most consistent and the most powerful bat in the Mets’ lineup.
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He has hit multiple 450-plus foot home runs and could possibly be a participant in the 2019 Home Run Derby. The 24-year-old slugger is without a doubt tearing it up this season. Unforunately, there is a strong possibility he is not an All-Star.
The National League’s depth at first base is mindboggling, and it has always been one of the most talented positions for decades. Alonso may be an unfortunate victim that gets caught in the abyss of talent at first base in the National League.
The Chicago Cubs’ Anthony Rizzo is a three-time All-Star, is off to a hot start, and is a fan favorite. He is hitting .284 with 16 home runs and 43 RBI through 55 games.
Then there’s 26-year-old Josh Bell of the Pittsburgh Pirates having a breakout season. He is a probable All-Star, who is hitting .332 with 18 home runs and 53 RBI through 58 games. He has been the best bat for Pittsburgh and is most likely going to be their representative at the mid-summer classic.
Finally, I need to mention last year’s All-Star at first base, the Atlanta Braves’ Freddie Freeman. Another fan favorite, he is hitting .310 with 15 home runs. Freeman is a well-respected player and could easily be selected to the bench of the NL All-Star team.
There are three other viable candidates that could prohibit Alonso’s selection to the team. This does not say anything negative about Alonso but just shows how talented the first basemen in the National League are.
If Alonso is not their representative, Jacob deGrom is the most likely Met to be named to the National League All-Star team, based off of his dominance last year and his solid performance this season. However, there is a strong possibility that he is not an All-Star.
Alonso hopes to become the first Mets’ first baseman to make it to the All-Star games since Keith Hernandez in 1987.
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If he continues to play like this, he is going to be in consideration, along with the other three elite first baseman mentioned, to make the All-Star team.