Mets 1B prospect Peter Alonso may still be at least a few weeks away from his big league debut, but his knocks on the door are getting louder. And it can be argued that he should already be in Queens.
Alonso crushed a three-run homer and RBI double while going 4-for-5 during Triple-A Las Vegas' win on Tuesday after also homering this past Friday and Saturday.
The 23-year-old Alonso has 13 hits in his last 29 at-bats, and now has 27 homers in 108 games this season between Double-A Binghamton and Vegas. Overall this season, Alonso is hitting .285/.402/.557.
Meanwhile, Alonso has been putting in extra work at first base with instructor Tim Teufel as he works to improve the weakest part of his game.
"Alonso combines elite exit velocities with strong plate discipline to produce huge righthanded power," Matt Eddy wrote for Baseball America on July 21, while ranking Alonso the Mets' second-best prospect (behind Andres Gimenez). "The 2016 second-rounder has done nothing but mash since turning pro and has hit his way to Triple-A in short order. Alonso profiles as a middle-of-the-order masher and below-average defensive first baseman who will supply substantial value with his bat."
A concern among the Mets when it comes to promoting their top prospects has been that the fans might expect that player to be a savior. But with the Mets focused on 2018 and beyond, there is nothing to save this season -- just valuable time for the team to evaluate what they have and how they should proceed going forward.
The Mets might want Alonso to work on some more things in Triple-A -- his strikeout numbers have spiked since being promoted, though he's gotten that in check a bit over his last four games -- but it's getting close to the time where Alonso should get his first taste with the Mets.
If not within the next few weeks, Alonso should be up when rosters expand on Sept. 1 -- right around the time Vegas' season ends.