With his 36 homers between Binghamton and Las Vegas, Peter Alonso became the first Mets minor leaguer to lead the minors in homers. With him having more RBI than Ibandel Isabel, he finds himself the winner of the Joe Bauman Home Run Award, which is given to the minor leaguer with the most homers. In receiving the award, Alonso joins notable Major Leagurs in Ryan Howard, Mike Moustakas, and Kris Bryant in winning the award.
With Alonso joining them in winning the award, the question of everyone’s mind is how long until Alonso joins them in playing at the Major League level? In an appearance on MLB Network, Alonso said he is going to get an opportunity to win a job in Spring Training:
They just told me to show up to Spring Training in fighting shape and be ready to go. This is the biggest opportunity I’ve had in my entire life. As a little kid, you dream of this stuff. So this offseaosn, I’m going to put in the work and show up ready to go.
So far this offseason Mets GM Brodie Van Wagenen has indicated if Alonso is the best option in Spring Training, he would have no problems putting Alonso on the Opening Day roster and foregoing an extra year of control. If true, Alonso may very well have the opportunity to see just how much that power he displayed in the minors will translate to the Major League level.