After Peter Alonso reported to Port St. Lucie on Saturday, he spoke to the media about his potential spot on the big league roster. He talked about finishing off hot in the 2018 Arizona Fall League and plans to continue his good play during the upcoming Spring Training.
“I played really good ball in Arizona and I’m just looking to play well in Spring Training and kinda carry over a good year last year into another one this year” Alonso told reporters at the Spring Training complex. He added “It’s a dream to make the big leagues and I just want to put my best foot forward and play well and hopefully I get the job, but I just want to go out there and just do my best”
However, the 24 year old Alonso is aware and does understand the business aspect to his MLB debut, saying “I can only control what I can control… that’s all I can do. The only thing I can control is with my own two hands, playing well in the field, that’s really it. Hitting the ball, playing good defense, that’s all I can do. And whatever happens, happens.”
He also added that he spent the winter working out in the Tampa area and regularly checked in with Mets infield coach Tim Teufel, while working on his footwork around first base and even lost 12 pounds. Regardless of his play this Spring, we should expect to see Alonso start the regular season with the Syracuse affiliate. The Mets will wait to start his MLB clock approximately 2 weeks after the start of the season in mid April to guarantee his seventh year of control to the team instead of potentially putting him on the Free Agent market after his sixth.