Alonso On Hope Of Making Mets: ‘I’ll Do Everything In My Power To Earn That Spot’

Joe & Evan
March 02, 2019 - 4:13 pm
Mets first baseman Pete Alonso

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Pete Alonso is considered one of the Mets’ prized prospects and is looking to secure his spot in the big leagues. The 24-year-old first baseman joined Evan Roberts on Saturday.

Alonso is in the midst of a strong spring. As of Saturday, he’s hitting .417 with one home run and four RBIs through five spring training games.

“At the end of the day, the only thing that I can control is my performance on the field and my attitude and just the work that I put in every single day here in spring. So, I’m going to do everything in my power to earn that spot. But whatever happens, happens. I’m just going to go after it every day like I have been and just see what happens.”

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Alonso enjoyed a strong 2018 campaign, batting .285 with 36 home runs and 119 RBIs in 132 games split between Triple-A Las Vegas and Double-A Binghamton. The Mets’ Triple-A affiliate will be the Syracuse Mets this season. Alonso feels confident in his spring at-bats and is hoping to stick with the big club.

“During the games, during the at-bats – I’m so locked-in,” Alonso said. “I just want to show I can help this team win. That’s essentially what it boils down to.”

Alonso is known for his tape-measure home runs. Last summer at the Futures Game, he slugged a 95 mile-per-hour fastball from Philadelphia Phillies prospect Adonis Medina for 415 feet.

“It’s awesome when you connect with one like that,” Alonso said. “For me, I love to hit. When you get one, it’s the best feeling in the world when you can absolutely lay into one and it just connects perfectly on that sweet spot. I love it and I don’t think there’s a better feeling in baseball.”

Listen to Evan’s full interview with Alonso below:

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