Mets 1B prospect Peter Alonso crushed a homer so high and so hard at the Futures Game on Sunday that it made Statcast records. And it got the attention of Team USA manager Torii Hunter.
"That's unbelievable power," Hunter said, according to Mark Feinsand of MLB.com. "I saw Mark McGwire hit like that; so high and so far. Great at-bat, runner in scoring position, and he wanted to get that hit. He dug deep and battled, fought off some tough pitches until he got the fastball he wanted."
Alonso's homer sailed high and deep to left field, with a 46 degree launch angle and an exit velocity of 113.6 MPH.
"It felt like a lightning bolt hit the sweet spot of my bat," Alonso told SNY after the game. "It felt immaculate."
The 23-year-old Alonso's power and exit velocities have gotten the attention of those in scouting circles, and it's translated in a big way this season, with him crushing 21 homers in 85 games between Double-A Binghamton and Triple-A Las Vegas.
Before McGwire beefed up by using both legal and illegal means, he burst on to the scene when he hit 49 homers for the A's as a 23-year-old rookie in 1987 -- with a physique that looked a bit like Alonso's does now.