Peter Morgan Alonso was born on December 7th, 1994 in Tampa, Florida. While in high school, he played baseball, lacrosse, and football. He would eventually quit both lacrosse and football so that he could focus solely on baseball. Alonso would go on to attend the University of Florida and play first base for the Gators. He was named to the All-Southeastern Conference in his freshman year and hit .374 with 15 home runs and 60 RBI in 58 games in his junior year. It was a sign of big things to come.
Alonso was chosen in the 2nd round— 64th overall during the 2016 Major League Baseball draft by the New York Mets. He spent that first season with the Brooklyn Cyclones and hit .322 with 5 home runs and 21 RBI in just 30 games. Alonso continued to climb the ladder in the Mets organization and in 2018 he was ranked the 4th best prospect in the Mets system. That year in Triple-A, he hit .285 with 36 home runs and 119 RBI.
As the 2019 season began, there were questions around whether or not the Mets would call Alonso up to the Major Leagues. That question was answered right before the season started as the Mets named Alonso the Opening Day first baseman. It would be the start of a magical season as Alonso lit up the National League as he set several Major League rookie records including 53 home runs—which also led the Major Leagues. He also led all rookies in 2019 with 120 RBI. He was named The Sporting News’ National League Rookie of the Year. It was the start of what could be an amazing career in a city that isn’t always easy to play in.
By STEVE FARACE | cinesportstalk.com | @CineSportsTalk