Mets top 1B prospect Peter Alonso could be seeing a promotion in his future, according to GM Sandy Alderson.
That promotion won't be directly to the Mets from Double-A Binghamton, with Alderson saying he could be bumped up to Triple-A Las Vegas now that 1B Dominic Smith was called up to replace Adrian Gonzalez, who was released following the Mets' win over the Yankees on Sunday night.
Alonso has been raking with the Rumble Ponies, posting a .310/.441/.567 slash line with 15 homers and 50 RBI over 62 games. Alderson admitted the discussion of giving Alonso the call to the big leagues has definitely been brought up in the front office.
"Peter Alonso has very definitely has been considered," he said Tuesday. "It's very possible he will be moving soon (to Triple-A Las Vegas). One of the factors is not only that he's performed well, but it appears that teams are starting to pitch around him a bit."
Though pitching around Alonso shows that he is a threat at the plate, Alderson says it hinders his development as well.
A report swirled around Monday, saying Alonso wouldn't be promoted to the Mets this season "no matter what." Whether or not it will happen will be seen later on, but the conversation has been started.
If Alonso does get a promotion to Triple-A in the near future, Alderson said he won't be used as just a rental with Smith in the majors now.
"The other thing I want to underscore that if Alonso does get promoted, he's not going back to Double-A," he said.
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It will be interesting to see if the Mets' reported line of thinking regarding Alonso in the majors this season changes if Smith struggles or gets injured.
Beyond Smith, the Mets don't currently have anyone on the 25-man roster who can fill in as a regular at first base, though Wilmer Flores could be back soon.
Aside from Flores, another potential option at first base is Jay Bruce, who is hitting just .219/.299/.328 with three home runs and generally does not want to play the position.