Future Watch: Pete Alonso Rookie Baseball Cards, Mets – Pete Alonso was drafted by the New York Mets in the second round of the 2016 MLB Amateur Draft. At the time he was known for being a big slugger. At 6-3, 245 that’s accurate.
In 2016, he played for the Brooklyn Cyclones in A-ball. He had five homers and 21 RBI, he hit .321 with 12 doubles. His pro career had begun.
The 2017 season had him starting off with the Port St. Lucie Mets in A+ ball. In 308 at-bats, he had 16 homers and 58 RBI with 23 doubles and a .286 batting average. He was on the move again next season.
2018 was his watershed season. He started with the Binghamton Rumble Ponies in Double-A. His 15 homers and 52 RBI were great since he played in just 65 games. He was promptly promoted to Triple-A Las Vegas.
For the 51s, he hit 21 homers and 67 RBI in 67 games! He’d hit the most home runs in the minor leagues (he won the Joe Bauman Home Run Award) that season and he played in the 2018 Futures Game. Collectors can find his rookie card in 2019 Bowman Baseball.
According to his MLB.com Draft Profile:
Shortening up his swing as a junior helped carry Alonso up the organizational ladder in a hurry, and with a lot of noise. He has ridiculous raw power from the right side, and it clearly shows up in games, including on big stages like his 113.6-mph homer in the 2018 Futures Game or his homer off a 103-mph fastball in the Arizona Fall League Fall Stars Game. While his strikeout rate went up with the move to Triple-A, he makes enough contact to tap into his power consistently and draws a lot of walks as well.
Alonso didn’t get a September call up and that stuck in his craw. He made the big-league club out of Spring Training and is now the starting first baseman. He just set a major league record with 10 extra-base hits in his first 10 games, a Mets record. His five homers in his first 10 games is a Mets team record. When he had nine XBH and nine RBI, he tied a major league record with three others.
Here’s a look at his first MLB home run:
Follow him on Twitter @Pete_Alonso20.
Future Watch: Pete Alonso Rookie Baseball Cards, Mets – Stats
|2016||21||NYM-min||A-||30||123||109||20||35||12||1||5||21||0||1||11||22||.321||.382||.587||.969||64||2||1||0||2||0||BKN · NYPL|
|2017||22||NYM-min||A+,AA||93||393||353||52||102||27||1||18||63||3||4||27||71||.289||.359||.524||.883||185||12||12||0||1||1||SCE,BNG · FLOR,EL|
|2018||23||NYM-min||AAA,AA||132||574||478||92||136||31||1||36||119||0||3||76||128||.285||.395||.579||.975||277||9||15||0||5||3||LVG,BNG · PCL,EL|
|162 Game Avg.||162||680||632||130||243||97||0||81||227||0||0||49||227||.385||.429||.923||1.352||233||583||16||0||0||0||0|
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