When Peter Alonso strode to the plate in the bottom of the ninth in what was the final game for Las Vegas both at Cashman Field and as the Triple-A affilate of the New York Mets, he found himself trailing Ibandel Isabel by one homer for the Jack Bauman Home Run Award. The Jack Bauman Home Run Award is given to the minor leaguer, across all levels, who has the most homers in a season.
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As a result, when Alonso hit that walkoff home run, not only did Las Vegas find themselves winners, but Alonso would also find himself a winner as well. Alonso’s 36th homer of the season tied him with Isabel for the most in the minors making him the first ever Mets minor leaguer to win the Jack Bauman Home Run Award.
The homer and the award was the perfect end to a breakout season for Alonso. Between his time with Binghamton and Las Vegas, he hit .285/.395/.579 with 31 doubles, a triple, 36 homers, and 119 RBI.
With respect to the 36 homers, the Mets have never had a player hit 36 homers in the history of Citi Field. In fact, the last time the Mets had a player hit 35+ homers in a season was back in 2008 when Carlos Delgado hit 38 homers.
Even with Alonso hitting more homers than any other player in the minors, the Mets will not be calling him up over the final month of the season. Rather, he will be putting on a power display for the Scottsdale Scorpions in the Arizona Fall League.