The Mets have signed their 2016 second-round pick, infielder Peter Alonso, the team announced Wednesday afternoon.
Alonso, 21, will report to Single-A Brooklyn.
He hit .374 (79-211) with 18 doubles, 14 HR and 60 RBI in 58 game this season, helping his University of Florida to the College World Series.
According to MLB.com's Jim Callis, Alonso and the Mets agreed to a $909,200 contract.
"Every time he comes to the plate, it's like everybody in the dugout gets quiet, everybody in the stands is kind of watching. It's just unexplainable," his Florida coach, Kevin O'Sullivan, told Newsday. "I honestly feel like every time he comes to the plate he's going to hit a home run. It's remarkable. It's a great story to come back and swing the bat like he has."
The teams's top two picks, Justin Dunn and Anthony Kay, got most of the attention in the days after the draft. However, Alonso is the guy that got the most reaction from people connected to the team because of how hard they say he hits the baseball.
I heard him talked about in the same way similar people once talked about Lucas Duda. Like Duda, he's too big to play any position other than first, where he's not very smooth. However, he makes serious contact when he hits. It's possible he becomes Allan Dykstra instead of Duda. However, he's going to get a chance to carve his own path, because he has already has a few fans in the organization.
"I don't think this is like a 25 or 30 home run power type of guy," Callis said of Alonso, talking with SNY's Mostly Mets podcast last week, which you can listen to below. "But I can see this guy, .270, 21 home run type. I think he's got some talent there."