Pete Alonso has been highly impressive for the Mets in April, which is why it's only fitting that he was named the National League Rookie of the Month on Thursday.
Alonso became an integral part of the Mets at the onset of the season, showcasing his heralded power at the plate and charisma in the locker room. In his first 29 games in March and April, Alonso hit .292 with nine homers, eight doubles and 26 RBI.
"It's awesome. I'm just really appreciative of the opportunity that I've had," Alonso said when asked what it's like to win the award. "Breaking with the camp means absolutely everything. I just want to say thank you to the Mets for being able to give me that opportunity and I wouldn't have had this if I didn't have the opportunity out of camp."
Those nine home runs not only lead all MLB rookies so far this season, but they put him in the Mets record books as well. Alonso tied Darryl Strawberry for the most homers in a calendar month after the former hit nine in 1983. He also tied the club record for homers prior to May 1.
Alonso's 26 RBI were also a standout, as they are the third-highest total for any rookie prior to May 1 in league history. Only Jose Abreu (32) and Albert Pujols (27) were higher. Also, Alonso's 18 extra-base hits are the most in Mets history prior to May 1.
This is what the team expected when the decision was made to bring Alonso north to Flushing instead of leaving him in Triple-A Syracuse. He is already being recognized as one of the top rookies in the game, and after this first month performance, he should be a top candiate for Rookie of the Year.