Tis’ the season for updates on prospect lists by the top media outlets with MLB.com releasing their recent update while highlighting some of the biggest risers and fallers.
New York Mets first baseman Peter Alonso was among MLB’s biggest risers in the Top 100 list going from No. 100 to No. 73. He is the second Mets prospect on the list, ranking one spot after shortstop Andres Gimenez. Gimenez also saw a significant jump up 27 spots.
The right-handed slugger had now been added to three midseason prospect updates with Baseball America putting him at No. 80 and FanGraphs up to No. 76.
Alonso, 23, is hitting .310/.436/.552 with 13 doubles, 15 home runs and 55 RBI this season between the Double-A Binghamton Rumble Ponies (65 games) and the Las Vegas 51s (5 games).
The biggest knock coming into the 2018 season was the defense at first for Alonso, he spent his offseason working on it in the Instructional League and you can see the improvements. He’s still a below average defender at the position though his agility (in better shape this year) and movements around the bag have looked smoother after working with instructor Tim Teufel.
Alonso was named the Eastern League Player of the Month for April after posting a 1.282 OPS in 21 games for Binghamton.