Matt Eddy of Baseball America comprised a list of April All Stars predicated upon how those players performed in the first month of the season. In what should not be a surprise to anyone, Binghamton Rumble Ponies first baseman Peter Alonso was named to the team.
In naming Alonso to the team, Eddy noted, “His 15 walks and 15 strikeouts in 93 PA represent a leap forward in his plate discipline metrics and could point to a breakthrough.”
With that note, Eddy becomes the latest to cite Alonso’s new and improved approach not just as the reason for Alonso’s incredible start to the season, but also as an indication Alonso is a different, better, and more dangerous hitter at the plate.
The article cited Alonso’ 15.5 runs against average (RAA), which was the highest of any prospect on the list. As noted by Eddy, RAA is a Baseball America specific calculation which uses weighted on-base average (wOBA) to derive the statistic.
Overall, in the month of April, Alonso hit .408/.505/.776 with seven doubles, seven homers, and 19 RBI. His .505 OBP was a minor league best. His 264 wRC+ lead all of baseball.