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    Peter Alonso continuing to make me think Dom Smith, who?

    Mets Prospect Peter Alonso Having a Huge Year for Binghamton




    by TIM HEALEY
    timothy.healey@newsday.com
    MANCHESTER, N.H. — Peter Alonso is a 6-3, 245-pound, mustachioed blond behemoth of a slugger. And he just might be the Mets’ best shot at an in-house impact bat this season.

    “I think about it every day,” Alonso, 23, said of the major leagues. “If someone in that locker room tells you they weren’t thinking about it, they’re lying to you.

    “Sometimes it seems super far away. Sometimes it seems super close. You can’t think about it too much, because there’s certain things you can’t control. But when I come to the yard every day, I have a purpose, and that purpose is to eventually get there. I don’t know when that’s going to be. It could be tomorrow or it could be next year or it could be a couple years from now.”

    Given the way Alonso has played this year, having established himself as one of the pre-eminent hitters in Double-A, it’s poised to be a lot sooner than a couple of years. As Double-A Binghamton’s first baseman — and a decent one, but more on that later — Alonso began his weekend with a .366 average, .485 OBP and .679 slugging percentage, all career-bests by significant margins while facing his toughest competition yet.

    Alonso’s 1.164 OPS was tops across the three Double-A leagues, edging, among others, 19-year-old Blue Jays wunderkind Vladimir Guerrero Jr. (1.137). He also ranked second in homers (11), third in RBIs (34) and fourth in slugging. With numbers like that, Alonso has threatened, if not outright usurped, Dominic Smith’s unofficial status as Mets first baseman of the future.

    None of this is surprising to Alonso, a second-round draft pick out of the University of Florida in 2016.

    “I knew I had this in me,” Alonso said. “Other people may not have seen it. I’m not saying it to be cocky, but I’ve worked tremendously hard at honing my craft, not just as a hitter but as a whole baseball player.”

    There is more to that last part than mere cliché. Alonso has become a more well-rounded player this season by improving in two areas: walking and fielding.

    Last year, after recovering from a broken hand to mash for High-A St. Lucie, Alonso had a walk rate of 7.2 percent. This year, that has more than doubled to 15.5 percent — a product, he said, both of pitchers working around him and of his improved command of the strike zone.

    “It’s him maturing as a hitter,” said Binghamton manager Luis Rojas. “He’s been really good about laying off and negotiating the walk rather than chasing pitches. That’s where the numbers stand, the strikeout (18.6 percent) and walk ratio are about the same.”

    Alonso also has made a concerted effort to become a better first baseman. Last fall, after he got a taste of Double-A to finish the season, the Mets sent him to their instructional league, an unusual step for a player at his age and stage.

    Working with Tim Teufel, the Mets’ minor-league infield coordinator, Alonso tried to escape what he described as a defensive slump.

    “I can’t tell you how many groundballs he’s hit me,” Alonso said. “Last year I felt really, really uncomfortable. Mentally it was a really hard hump to get over for me. People can go through defensive slumps as well. It’s not just offensively.

    “I’ve worked my absolute tail off this offseason, trying to become a better defensive player, more efficient.”

    He seems to be succeeding in that endeavor. General manager Sandy Alderson, while saying this month that Alonso has “certainly put himself on the map,” specifically noted the improved glovework.

    “Defensively, I’m light years from where I was last year,” Alonso said.

    Said Rojas: “He takes every area of the game at the same level of concern.”

    Alonso’s next test is an ongoing one: How will he respond to pitchers approaching him differently?

    Rojas said he saw a glimpse of that early this month, when teams started attacking Alonso inside. He got hit by three pitches May 3. He fell out of his approach, only briefly, and had an 0-for-7 run — including consecutive hitless games, a slump by his 2018 standards — before snapping back into form.

    “He did a good job going back to what got him there,” Rojas said. “He knew he was getting pitched inside, so the next day he was like, ‘OK, we have to work on that inside pitch.’ ”

    Whether Alonso will help the major-league Mets this year is to be determined, and there are a lot of moving parts.

    Complicating a possible promotion — to the majors or even Triple-A — is the Mets’ first-base situation. Adrian Gonzalez and Wilmer Flores are platooning in the bigs. Smith, who is six months younger than Alonso, was slashing .293/.400/.439 through Thursday while playing every day in Las Vegas.

    But it’s hard to deny Alonso’s power and potential. And there is recent precedent for the Mets, after few previous hints, calling up an offensive-minded prospect straight from Double-A: Michael Conforto in 2015. Alonso’s Binghamton numbers are better than Conforto’s were, in a comparable amount of games.

    For now, Alonso won’t sweat it.

    “It’s just one of those things where it’s just like, you know what?” Alonso said. “I’m just going to ball out every day. Or do the best I can to.”

    Peter Alonso

    1B, Binghamton Rumble Ponies

    Born: Dec. 7, 1994, in Tampa (age 23)

    Height: 6-3 Weight: 245

    College: Florida

    Drafted: 2016 by Mets, second round

    Bats R, Throws R

    2018 stats

    .366 BA

    38 Games

    11 HR

    34 RBI

    .964 OPS

    *Games through Thursday


  • #2
    https://www.newsday.com/sports/baseb...ampaign=Sports

    Originally posted by saxon View Post

    newsday.com Mets prospect Peter Alonso having a huge year for Binghamton

    By Tim Healey timothy.healey@newsday.com Updated May 18, 2018 9:13 PM
    10-12 minutes
    MANCHESTER, N.H. — Peter Alonso is a 6-3, 245-pound, mustachioed blond behemoth of a slugger. And he just might be the Mets’ best shot at an in-house impact bat this season.

    “I think about it every day,” Alonso, 23, said of the major leagues. “If someone in that locker room tells you they weren’t thinking about it, they’re lying to you.

    “Sometimes it seems super far away. Sometimes it seems super close. You can’t think about it too much, because there’s certain things you can’t control. But when I come to the yard every day, I have a purpose, and that purpose is to eventually get there. I don’t know when that’s going to be. It could be tomorrow or it could be next year or it could be a couple years from now.”

    Given the way Alonso has played this year, having established himself as one of the pre-eminent hitters in Double-A, it’s poised to be a lot sooner than a couple of years. As Double-A Binghamton’s first baseman — and a decent one, but more on that later — Alonso began his weekend with a .366 average, .485 OBP and .679 slugging percentage, all career-bests by significant margins while facing his toughest competition yet.

    Alonso’s 1.164 OPS was tops across the three Double-A leagues, edging, among others, 19-year-old Blue Jays wunderkind Vladimir Guerrero Jr. (1.137). He also ranked second in homers (11), third in RBIs (34) and fourth in slugging. With numbers like that, Alonso has threatened, if not outright usurped, Dominic Smith’s unofficial status as Mets first baseman of the future.

    None of this is surprising to Alonso, a second-round draft pick out of the University of Florida in 2016.

    “I knew I had this in me,” Alonso said. “Other people may not have seen it. I’m not saying it to be cocky, but I’ve worked tremendously hard at honing my craft, not just as a hitter but as a whole baseball player.”

    There is more to that last part than mere cliché. Alonso has become a more well-rounded player this season by improving in two areas: walking and fielding.

    Last year, after recovering from a broken hand to mash for High-A St. Lucie, Alonso had a walk rate of 7.2 percent. This year, that has more than doubled to 15.5 percent — a product, he said, both of pitchers working around him and of his improved command of the strike zone.

    “It’s him maturing as a hitter,” said Binghamton manager Luis Rojas. “He’s been really good about laying off and negotiating the walk rather than chasing pitches. That’s where the numbers stand, the strikeout (18.6 percent) and walk ratio are about the same.”

    Alonso also has made a concerted effort to become a better first baseman. Last fall, after he got a taste of Double-A to finish the season, the Mets sent him to their instructional league, an unusual step for a player at his age and stage.

    Working with Tim Teufel, the Mets’ minor-league infield coordinator, Alonso tried to escape what he described as a defensive slump.

    “I can’t tell you how many groundballs he’s hit me,” Alonso said. “Last year I felt really, really uncomfortable. Mentally it was a really hard hump to get over for me. People can go through defensive slumps as well. It’s not just offensively.

    “I’ve worked my absolute tail off this offseason, trying to become a better defensive player, more efficient.”

    He seems to be succeeding in that endeavor. General manager Sandy Alderson, while saying this month that Alonso has “certainly put himself on the map,” specifically noted the improved glovework.

    “Defensively, I’m light years from where I was last year,” Alonso said.

    Said Rojas: “He takes every area of the game at the same level of concern.”

    Alonso’s next test is an ongoing one: How will he respond to pitchers approaching him differently?

    Rojas said he saw a glimpse of that early this month, when teams started attacking Alonso inside. He got hit by three pitches May 3. He fell out of his approach, only briefly, and had an 0-for-7 run — including consecutive hitless games, a slump by his 2018 standards — before snapping back into form.

    “He did a good job going back to what got him there,” Rojas said. “He knew he was getting pitched inside, so the next day he was like, ‘OK, we have to work on that inside pitch.’ ”

    Whether Alonso will help the major-league Mets this year is to be determined, and there are a lot of moving parts.

    Complicating a possible promotion — to the majors or even Triple-A — is the Mets’ first-base situation. Adrian Gonzalez and Wilmer Flores are platooning in the bigs. Smith, who is six months younger than Alonso, was slashing .293/.400/.439 through Thursday while playing every day in Las Vegas.

    But it’s hard to deny Alonso’s power and potential. And there is recent precedent for the Mets, after few previous hints, calling up an offensive-minded prospect straight from Double-A: Michael Conforto in 2015. Alonso’s Binghamton numbers are better than Conforto’s were, in a comparable amount of games.

    For now, Alonso won’t sweat it.

    “It’s just one of those things where it’s just like, you know what?” Alonso said. “I’m just going to ball out every day. Or do the best I can to.”

    Peter Alonso

    1B, Binghamton Rumble Ponies

    Born: Dec. 7, 1994, in Tampa (age 23)

    Height: 6-3 Weight: 245

    College: Florida

    Drafted: 2016 by Mets, second round

    Bats R, Throws R

    2018 stats

    .366 BA

    38 Games

    11 HR

    34 RBI

    .964 OPS

    *Games through Thursday
    there...made it as a quote

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    • #3
      The major complication is Gonzalez, who while not hitting for BA was productive. as of 4/28 he was hitting 2.00 but had 12 RBI in 71 PA. Since then he is hitting .341/.972 with 8 RBI in 44 PA and plays with the knowledge of years of experience. He is an asset with a fixed cost, Smith and Alonso are both young, still developing without the clock running. Now he has Flores to give him a day off and in a healthier time Bruce can pitch in.

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      • #4
        I see that Dom is taking reps in right field, that's interesting...

        https://www.northjersey.com/story/sp...ity/627153002/

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        • #5
          Drew's Sig

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