On Tuesday, the New York Mets announced they were not going to call-up Peter Alonso, and instead, the team has decided to send Alonso to the Arizona Fall League. Alonso has responded to this obvious disappointment by absolutely crushing the baseball, and in a season full of highlights, today may just be his best game to date.
In Las Vegas’ 11-2 route of the Sacramento River Cats, Alonso was 4-for-5 with four runs, two homers, and four RBI.
This was his first four hit game of the season, and third four hit game of his minor league career. It also marked the ninth time this season he would have a three plus hit game. Astonishingly, it was just the third multi-home run game of the season and just the fourth four plus RBI game.
With the two homers, Alonso has now hit 20 homers in just 65 games with Las Vegas, which is a 50 home run pace over the course of a full 162 game season. With those 2o home runs, Alonso has hit the third most homers on the team, and he has the 12th most homers in the Pacific Coast League.
Combined with his 15 homers in Double-A, Alonso now has 35 homers on the season. With those 35 homers, Alonso has the second most homers in the minor leagues. If Alonso is able to catch Ibandel Isabel, he will become the first ever Mets prospect to win the Joe Bauman Home Run Award, which is given to the minor leaguer who finishes the season with the most homers.
This game is evidence of how strong Alonso is finishing the season. In August, he is hitting .308/.392/.731 with 11 doubles, 11 homers, and 27 RBI. His 1.124 OPS is the second highest of the season and third highest of his minor league career. The 11 doubles and 11 homers is the most he has hit in any month. The 22 extra base hits is also a personal best.
Currently, Alonso has a five game hitting streak, and since the news broke he was not going to be called-up to the majors this year, Alonso is 8-for-17 with three doubles, two homers, and six RBI. With this stretch and his 2018 season as a whole, Alonso has done all he could possibly do to force the Mets to call him up to the Major Leagues.