On Monday, it was reported that first base prospect Peter Alonso is unlikely to reach the majors in 2018.
However, in a conference call on Tuesday, Mets general manager Sandy Alderson said Alonso, 23, is on the team’s radar and a promotion to Triple-A Las Vegas could happen soon.
The Tampa, Florida native has tore up Double-A this season, batting .310/.441/.567 with 15 homers and 50 RBI in 62 games.
Alderson said Eastern League teams are pitching around him, which isn’t great for his development.
“If he does get promoted, he’s not going back to Double-A,” he said.
With the Mets releasing Adrian Gonzalez on Sunday and recalling Dominic Smith, a move to Triple-A for Alonso makes sense, as he would be able to receive regular playing time.
As for Jeff McNeil, Binghamton’s other scorching hot hitter, Alderson said he too is likely to be promoted to Triple-A soon.
Similar to Alonso, probably the next step for him is a possible promotion [to Triple-A] and that’s something we continue to consider. […] We need to see more,” he said.
McNeil, 26, is hitting .333/.406/.647 with 16 doubles, three triples. 14 homers, 42 RBI and 20 BB/23 K for the Rumble Ponies.
He has experience at seven different positions and is MiLB free agent at the end of the year.