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Peter Alonso Newsbeat

Monday, August 20, 2018

Three reasons why Mets may not promote Peter Alonso this season | SNY

Service time and shoddy defense are the main reasons. He doesn’t even need to be added to the 40-Man Roster this year.

3) Concern that his fielding will overwhelm him, impact his bat and throw off his development
If I had to guess, I’d say while the above two reasons are a legit factor, it’s Alonso’s fielding that is the bigger issue for the Mets.

I’ve heard from countless scouts and player development people during the past six months that Alonso’s reactions and feet are slow in the field. His glove and arm are fine. He’s not Lucas Duda or even Pedro Alvarez, so there’s room for improvement. But, right now, he’s just a little slow, which is a concern when making the jump to MLB, where the game moves much faster than it does in Triple-A.

“I don’t think fans understand how quick things move up here compared to the minor leagues, and even Triple-A,” Michael Cuddyer told me in early 2016, after announcing his retirement. “Guys are just more prepared, everyone is more knowledgeable about what to do with the baseball. They’re the best in the world and you feel it when you arrive. And, it can be intimidating and possibly distracting for a young guy, especially kids that moved quick through the system.”

Alonso was drafted by the Mets at 21 years old out of college during the second round of the MLB draft in 2016. He advanced to Double-A as soon as the following summer. He was bumped to Triple-A in June of this season, where he’s hitting just .237, but with a .340 OBP and .522 slugging percentage with 15 HR and 12 doubles in 54 games. In addition to his powerful stats this past summer, he also represented the Mets during the Triple-A All Star Game, as well as the MLB Futures Game, where he turned heads by crushing monster home runs during an unofficial, pre-game home run derby and then hit a monster homer during the game.

It was just two and a half years ago that he was doing the same, but for the University of Florida.

As a result, there are lots of people around baseball, including some with the Mets, who wonder if Alonso is better served being marketed as a DH and traded to an American League team.

Jim Furtado Posted: August 20, 2018 at 02:14 PM | 25 comment(s)
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