It was a successful month of July for Mets first base prospects, as both Dominic Smith and Peter Alonso took home Player of the Month honors.
Smith, 22, was awarded Pacific Coast League Player of the Month after hitting .385 (42-for-109) with eight home runs and 26 RBI.
The Mets No. 2 overall prospect according to MLB Pipeline also led the PCL with 28 runs scored, while coming in second in extra‐base hits (21), total bases (79), slugging percentage (.725) and OPS (1.162).
Mets general manager Sandy Alderson says that Smith will be up in the majors prior to Sept. 1 and when he arrives, will be the team’s everyday first baseman.
“At some point, we’ll just do it. There are player transactions that take place in the month of August. Often, though, that doesn’t happen until the end of August,” Alderson said. “But I think at some point, if necessary, we’ll just make the playing time available.”
Apart from his big month at the plate, Smith is also defensively savvy, projecting as a potential Gold Glover at first according to MLB Pipeline.
“Smith continues to show outstanding defensive ability at first, with very good footwork and excellent hands. With his run-producing ability showing up more consistently, he is looking more and more like the everyday first baseman the Mets saw when they drafted him,” they said.
In addition to Smith, Mets No. 10 prospect Peter Alonso also had a white hot month of July, earning the Florida State League Player of the Month honors.
Alonso, 22, hit .336 with eight home runs for Single-A St. Lucie last month, while collecting 70 total bases.
The University of Florida product has bounced back nicely from a broken hand, and is hitting .291/.369/.535 in 68 games for St. Lucie in 2017.
He was drafted by the Mets in the second-round of the 2016 first-year player draft and projects to rise through the system fast.
It’s not the worst problem to have for New York, who have two very promising young first basemen. Only time will tell how each pan out and what the future holds for them in the organization.
If July was any indicator, Alonso is worth keeping an eye on going forward.