Pete Alonso Is Officially A New York MetPosted: Updated:
New York - It's remarkable the difference a year can make. This time last year Pete Alonso's name was on the Binghamton Rumble Ponies opening day roster. Fast forward to a year later and all the question marks surrounding Pete Alonso as a New York Met, have been erased. Mets general manager Brodie Van Wagenen expressed all spring that he was going to pick their 25 best players for the Mets' 25-man roster on opening day. Alonso, 24, certainty took care of his job and Van Wagenen kept his word.
Van Wagenen confirmed on Wednesday afternoon that Alonso made the team. The icing on the cake, is the fact that a source told MLB.com that Alonso will be in the starting lineup at first base for Thursday's opener against the Nationals.
Alonso, the Mets' 2016 second-round draft pick out of the University of Florida hit .352 with four home runs, five doubles, a triple and a 1.006 OPS in 22 Grapefruit League games this spring.
Before that, he hit .285 with 36 home runs, 119 RBI and a .975 OPS in 132 games with Binghamton and Las Vegas. According to Anthony DiComo, Mets pitcher Jacob deGrom stated, "I think he's got the most power I’ve ever seen."
Alonso voiced his frustrations last season to the media after not being called up to the Major League. That decision was in part due to his defensive limitations, however, he certainly made strides as an infielder this spring. Also, Major League rules demand that if the Mets had kept Alonso in the Minors for approximately the first two weeks of this season, they could have gained an extra year of team control over him, delaying his becoming a free agent until after the 2025 season.
Former Binghamton Met Dominic Smith may not have won the starting job against Alonso, but he did make the team. Those two will split playing time, with Alonso to start against Scherzer on Opening Day and likely Patrick Corbin on Sunday. Smith could play the game in between, versus right-hander Stephen Strasburg, according to Anthony DiComo.