Thus far in Major League competition the New York Mets have been a boom or bust offense. While struggling to have a consistent run producer in their 2016 lineup, New York selected University of Florida’s first baseman Pete Alonso with the 64th overall selection in this year’s Major League Baseball Player Draft.
Making hitting his trade from his high school days at Florida’s Plant High School, Alonso advanced into Florida and the Southern Eastern Conference with a great ability to place the baseball to any side of the field. Alonso has quick hands that transcend through the zone, which often displays natural strength in his swing. Alonso’s lack of speed made first base the better corner infield spot for him in college.
Throughout all levels of baseball beginning with the Northwoods and Cape Cod Leagues in colligate summer ball onto competing with the Gators in the S.E.C., Alonso has progressed into a consistent R.B.I. machine during the course of three and a half years.
In the Summer of 2014, Alonso played for the Madison Mallards of the Northwoods League where Alonso displayed great potential after being undrafted from high school. Alonso held an average of .354 while batting in 53 runs and hitting 18 home runs. Although he did not see the same success in the Cape Cod League in the following summer, Alonso would go into a freshman year at Florida with no signs of struggle. Named as an All-S.E.C. Freshman Alonso would bat to a .264 average slugging four homers with 32 runs batted in.
Missing the first 30 games of his sophomore season, Alonso would show for more power slashing 10 doubles, five homers, along with two triples with a .504 slugging-percentage. Alonso’s second season could be highlighted by recording the two longest home runs in T.D. Ameritrade Park history during the 2015 College World Series.
This season Alonso really came into his own as a Major League Baseball draft prospect. As Alonso’s junior continues in the quest to the College World Series, which Alonso leads the Gators with a .571 average slugging three home runs while batting in 8 Gator runs. This all comes after a junior season where Alonso’s offense was at a career high hitting 12 home runs and 15 doubles while knocking in 55 runs.
Alonso could make a great middle of the lineup slugger if all translates well for him, but for now the Mets second round draft pick can be seen on ESPN this weekend as he faces the Florida State Seminole in the next round in the College World Series.