As the Mets struggle through a nearly team-wide rough patch, the young Peter Alonso is smashing expectations with Double-A Binghamton and rapidly entering the conversation of how the Mets should handle first base.
Since being drafted in the second round in 2016, Alonso -- a right-handed hitting first baseman -- has seen success everywhere he's played. After putting up an .878 OPS with High-A St. Lucie in 2017, he made a short but impressive Double-A debut, hitting .311 over 11 games. But his 2018 numbers, at just 23 years old, have been nothing less than eye-popping. In 98 plate appearances over 22 games, he's slashing .400/.500/.788 with seven doubles, eight home runs, and almost as many walks as strikeouts.
Scouting reports have always looked positively on Alonso's offense, particularly his potential for power. He has put to rest early doubts of his ability to harness that potential as he has improved at every level, even while losing time to a hand injury last year. There have been questions about his abilities at first base, particularly due to his unusual profile as a right-handed thrower. But the Mets like what they're seeing as he develops, with Sandy Alderson noting "Not only has he hit well, but his defense has apparently improved quite a bit."