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Thursday, April 25, 2019

Why Pete Alonso is literally baseball’s next big thing

Maybe it’s too ambitious to suggest that, just 23 games into his major league career, the rookie first baseman with the prodigious power stroke will be a star, not just because of his production in numbers but in his ability to engage the fans with his energy and enthusiasm.

Maybe it’s simply too much to expect Alonso to keep hitting this way, bashing long home runs and taking a half-swing on a two-strike sinker on the outside corner from Jake Arrieta and still hitting a 98 mph ground ball past the first baseman for an RBI double and then standing at second base, pumping both fists above his head in celebration.

Manny Machado, Fernando Tatis Jr. and the rise of a Padres powerhouse
Just a few weeks ago, Alonso was simply battling in spring training to make the Opening Day roster, a top prospect after leading the minor leagues in home runs and RBIs in 2018, but not a lock to make the team, especially given how teams often hold players back in the minors to save on service time. But Alonso raked in spring training and now he has become one of the biggest stories of the first month of the season, hitting .325 with eight home runs and 21 RBIs. Maybe it’s just a wonderful flash in time. Maybe it’s the beginning of something big.

A true homegrown star for the Mets at firstbase or the next Ike Davis?

Russlan thinks deGrom is da bomb Posted: April 25, 2019 at 05:50 AM | 15 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. flournoy Posted: April 25, 2019 at 06:42 AM (#5835167)
Literally?
   2. PreservedFish Posted: April 25, 2019 at 06:55 AM (#5835168)
6'3", 245lbs. He's literally larger than Vladito or Tatisito or Bichettito, and we still have a year before the new Texas Rangers ballpark opens.
   3. Lars6788 Posted: April 25, 2019 at 07:18 AM (#5835169)
Is he as good as he has shown so far? He kind of reminds me of Paul Goldschmidt, but it is early and the league doesn’t have a book on him quiet yet.
   4. The Duke Posted: April 25, 2019 at 09:36 AM (#5835186)
I watched him in St. Louis series and he looks like the real deal. Nice swing, very strong. Mets have themselves a winner here
   5. PreservedFish Posted: April 25, 2019 at 09:50 AM (#5835190)
We were told that he was a hideously awkward galoot, but he seems athletic enough to get the job done. As a hitter? I don't know, but he's sure murdering the ball.
   6. The Anthony Kennedy of BBTF (Scott) Posted: April 25, 2019 at 10:06 AM (#5835193)
He's looking real fricken good. He's not going to hit .310 all year, .260-.280 seems more likely, and you can strike him out. But that still leaves 40+ HR power to all fields and a good enough eye that I can see him easily at a .270/.370/.560 slash line over a full season.
   7. The usual palaver and twaddle (Met Fan Charlie) Posted: April 25, 2019 at 10:51 AM (#5835215)
Calling it now: 42 HR, 138 RBI (if you still count such things) and the NL ROY (because the writers do still count such things).
   8. Never Give an Inge (Dave) Posted: April 25, 2019 at 11:58 AM (#5835250)
Calling it now: 42 HR, 138 RBI (if you still count such things) and the NL ROY (because the writers do still count such things).

I would love to see that, and I think he's the real deal, but both of those numbers would Mets single-season team records. He might win the ROY and he might reach those totals at some point, but doing it as a rookie in this park seems unlikely. 138 RBIs would be the record by a considerable margin (current high is 124 by Piazza and Wright).
   9. PreservedFish Posted: April 25, 2019 at 12:11 PM (#5835261)
And 138 RBI out of the #2 slot would be quite impressive.
   10. The usual palaver and twaddle (Met Fan Charlie) Posted: April 25, 2019 at 12:40 PM (#5835275)
And 138 RBI out of the #2 slot would be quite impressive


I don't think he'll be there forever. I can see him swapping spots with Conforto at some point this season.
   11. formerly dp Posted: April 25, 2019 at 01:22 PM (#5835291)
I love the enthusiasm, but let's wait until he deals with a slump and the inevitable adjustments pitchers will make in response to his success.

If Cespedes comes back at the break, they're going to have way too few ABs available for all the talent on this team.
   12. The usual palaver and twaddle (Met Fan Charlie) Posted: April 25, 2019 at 02:52 PM (#5835341)
If Cespedes comes back at the break, they're going to have way too few ABs available for all the talent on this team.


Nice problem to have, if true...
   13. "RMc", the superbatsman Posted: April 25, 2019 at 05:52 PM (#5835467)
Meanwhile, his old AA teammate is hitting .164 in Syracuse.
   14. the Hugh Jorgan returns Posted: April 25, 2019 at 08:53 PM (#5835499)
Calling it now: 42 HR, 138 RBI


Those are huge numbers for a rookie. He's a rookie, at some stage he'll go like 2 for 27 both of which hits will be singles.

If you get 30/95 out of the #2 slot, then that is massive.
   15. Lassus Posted: April 26, 2019 at 07:44 AM (#5835555)
Meanwhile, his old AA teammate is hitting .164 in Syracuse.

Lack of vitamin D.

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