After a hot start to the season, it’s been a rough stretch for the New York Mets.
They’re just 3-10 so far this month. But, as some Mets fans already know, some help may be soon on the way from Double-A Binghamton.
Rumble Ponies (that’s their name, seriously) first baseman Peter Alonso is raking–batting .367 with 11 home runs in 36 games so far this season.
Alonso was a second-round pick of the Mets back in 2016. The 23-year-old played three years at the University of Florida before turning pro.
He said the college experience has really helped him as a professional.
“It really helped me, helped me mature as a person and a player and balancing college and baseball, it’s really difficult,” Alonso said.
The only thing difficult for the Tampa native so far this season has been the weather. It’s been a miserable spring in the Eastern League, but Alonso has decided to turn it into a positive.
“It was kind of a gut check, a mental toughness check. It’s like, look, if I can’t play in this, I can’t play in October,” he said. “I mean I play for the Mets, and New York, in the playoffs, it’s gonna be cold. Hopefully one day I get a chance to play in the playoffs. I told myself, if I can play in this, I can play in anything.”
He might just be playing in Queens real soon.