Peter Alonso spoke to reporters at Citi Field today and while he clearly is still not thrilled of the Mets decision to not call him up, said that he understands why the Mets reached that decision.
“I spoke with Omar [Minaya] and he basically told me it was nothing personal it was really just a business decision, an organizational decision. I mean, I respect that and I’m just going to keep continuing to get better.
Alonso, 23, was at the ballpark today receiving his 2018 Sterling Organizational Player of the Year that he was announced as the winner of earlier today for his impressive season split between Double-A Binghamton and Triple-A Las Vegas where he hit .285/.395/.579 with 36 home runs and 119 RBI.
The first baseman told the media that he will use this decision as motivation this offseason.
“I just have to trust the process and I’m just going to use that as motivation to get better for next year. I’m going to go down to the [Arizona] Fall League, keep continuing to progress, and work on my game. I’m going to have a good winter getting faster and stronger and I’ll show up at camp ready to go.”
“I know it’s going to happen, I just need to continue to get better and just keep proving I can do it every single day.”
The Mets cited that Alonso needed improvement defensively and a lack of playing time as reasons to not call Alonso up this September.
However, it is far more likely it is about business given the fact that the Mets can gain an extra year of control if they do not add him to the 40-man roster before the end of April in 2019 and avoid Alonso reaching Super Two status if they keep him in the minors until the end of June.
— SportsNet New York (@SNYtv) September 12, 2018