Help isn't immediately on the way to the Mets, but it's one step closer.
1B Peter Alonso and 2B Jeff McNeil, who had been crushing Eastern League pitching while with Double-A Binghamton, have been promoted to Triple-A Las Vegas.
The righty-hitting Alonso, 23, is viewed as one of the Mets' best prospects and a Top 100 prospect in all of baseball. He was hitting .315/.442/.574 with a league-leading 15 HR to go along with 52 RBI in 65 games this season.
Mets GM Sandy Alderson said Wednesday that once Alonso was promoted to Triple-A that it would be for good. Translation: Alonso is not getting demoted if Dominic Smith returns to Triple-A.
A report last week from Mets radio voice Howie Rose cited a strong Mets source who said Alonso would not be promoted to the majors this season no matter what.
McNeil, 26, missed lots of time over the last two seasons due to injury, before breaking out in a big way this season.
He was hitting .329/.405/.626 with 14 HR (second in the league) and 43 RBI in 57 games for Binghamton, while striking out just 23 times.