Pete Alonso Patiently Confident About Chances At First Base With Mets

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February 25, 2019 - 4:24 pm
Mets first baseman Pete Alonso

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Pete Alonso has made waves in the early days of Mets spring training.

Alonso homered in his first at-bat of the spring on Saturday in Port St. Lucie, Florida. His two-run home run came in the second inning of a game against the Atlanta Braves that the Mets eventually won 4-3.

The 24-year-old’s attempt to win the everyday job at first base is set to be one of the biggest stories of the Mets’ preseason.

On Monday, Alonso joined Mike Francesa on WFAN to talk about his promising start to the spring and how he feels about possibly getting a chance in the big leagues this season.

“That one felt good,” said Alonso about the home run. “It even felt good because Touki Toussaint, he’s got a really good arm … he got me a couple times, and I didn’t really hit very well off him … but it was about time to get him back.”

Toussaint certainly isn’t the first pitcher to surrender a long-ball to Alonso. The Tampa, Florida native hit 36 home runs last year in time that was split between Double-A Binghamton and Triple-A Las Vegas.

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Alonso’s power behind the plate has sparked debate about when he should be given his chance at baseball’s highest level. An impressive spring could even see him win the first base job over Todd Frazier, Dominic Smith and J.D. Davis.

Despite the hype, Alonso is just trying to continue to be patient, while also maintaining his confidence about his abilities and how they would translate to the majors.

“The only thing I can do right now is just focus on the day to day stuff … The only thing I can control is between the white lines, and that’s to play well … that’s really the only thing I’m worried about. I’m worried about trying to compete and win games, that’s honestly it.”

“I have extreme confidence in my ability to hit and to hit for power. I’d like to think so (that he can hit at big league level), there’s only one way to find out. Right now with camp, I’m really confident with my ability to hit. I’m just looking forward to just compete, and just show that I can help win.”

Listen above to Mike’s full interview with Pete Alonso.