23-year-old Mets 1B prospect Peter Alonso is off to a scorching start for Double-A Binghamton.
Alonso, who played 11 games for Binghamton last season after playing 82 games for High-A St. Lucie, is hitting .357/.456/.625 with three HR, six doubles, and 10 RBI in 16 games (56 at-bats).
In his three-year minor league career, Alonso has hit .303/.375/.548 with 26 HR in 139 games across three levels.
While Dominic Smith is still ahead of Alonso on the depth chart -- and hitting .246/.386/.439 with two HR in 16 games this season for Triple-A Las Vegas -- Alonso should not be overlooked.
"He's got a chance to be a prototypical slugging first baseman," Mets director of Minor League player development Ian Levin told MLB.com's Anthony DiComo this offseason. "He has elite raw power and has shown consistent ability to use it in games, and his overall ability to hit should allow him to continue to progress."
John Sickels of Minor League Ball wrote in February that Alonso "doesn't strike out much for a home run bat." Sickels added that Alonso needs to improve his defense at first base, but that his "past defensive rep was positive so (the) glove will hopefully improve."
If Alonso continues to excel with Binghamton, a promotion to Las Vegas at some point this season should be on the table.