Double-A Binghamton 1B Peter Alonso hit two home runs in a game Tuesday for the third time in his career. He also had a single during the game and is now batting .367 with a .478 OBP and 33 RBI in 36 games this season. His 11 home runs and 1.173 OPS are tops in the Double-A Eastern League.
MLB.com ranked the 23-year-old Alonso the Mets' fourth-best prospect entering this season. However, he's been so hot to start this season and getting the attention of other organizations that I bet he's No. 1 or 2 when MLB re-ranks their list during July.
"Alonso's plus raw power has long been his carrying tool," wrote Ben Badler for BA recently. "He hit well last year in the high Class A Florida State League, but he's showing signs of becoming an even more complete hitter in 2018. ... He doesn't strike out excessively and he's displaying more plate patience than he did a year ago."
The prospect of extra innings did not appeal to @Mets No. 4 prospect Peter Alonso (@PeterAlonso20). So he took matters into his own hands for @RumblePoniesBB. https://t.co/dcnUi4qEhC pic.twitter.com/rM7N84WOIU- Minor League Baseball (@MiLB) May 16, 2018
As I noted here in February, Alonso crushes the ball. He was slowed last summer recovering from a broken hand, and told me he didn't feel 100 percent comfortable in the batter's box until the end of last season. Nevertheless, he's hit 31 home runs, while batting .310, during 152 career minor-league games after being drafted in the second round during 2016.
"He's been great the first month of the season," Sandy Alderson said earlier this month at Citi Field, noting that Alonso is currently making a name for himself. "Not only has he hit well, but his defense has apparently improved quite a bit."
"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."
In the event Alderson wants to trade for an impact hitter later this summer, he -- like most Mets fans -- will probably prefer to keep Alonso and deal a former first-base love affair Dominic Smith. However, other teams will likely feel the opposite...
"If I'm choosing a bat from that system, I'm asking for Alonso all day," a knowledgable, rival minor-league executive told me last week. "There are too many concerns with the other kid, and Alonso's swing is tailor-made for this league right now."