The New York Mets’ 2019 season has been a bit of a disappointment, but the standout season from rookie first baseman Pete Alonso has been a definite bright spot for the team this season.
He continued his torrid pace in 2019 with a two home run game against the Arizona Diamondbacks, pushing his already-impressive season total to 47 and leading his team to an important 3-1 home win.
The rookie first baseman is the leading candidate for the 2019 NL Rookie of the Year award thanks to big performances like Monday nights. While the Mets aren’t in a position to make the playoffs (barring a huge late-season rally), the team can thank the Florida native for at least a few bright moments in a challenging season.
Alonso now has a .270 batting average to go with his 47 home runs and 109 RBI on the season. Few could’ve ever expected this strong of a performance from the under-hyped prospect coming into his rookie season.
The 24-year-old now owns a two-homer lead over Angels star Mike Trout for the MLB home run lead. The rookie has displayed prodigious power over the course of his rookie season, also racking up the 2019 Home Run Derby Trophy.
Alonso will have plenty of time to add to his total until the season’s completion at the end of this month.