The Mets aren’t hitting (they are last in MLB with a .235 team batting average), but they don’t plan on promoting their top batting prospect Peter Alonso in September when rosters expand.
“He’s had an unbelievable season,” assistant general manager John Ricco said, via MLB.com. “He’s done everything we asked. He had a great year in Double-A. We moved him up to Triple-A. He’s having a really good year. But the way we see it, the lack of playing time is a big factor.”
Alonso, who has batted .277 with 33 home runs and 111 RBIs across two levels this season, wasn’t thrilled to hear he wouldn’t be added to the roster in September.
“I’m not going to lie, it’s really disheartening and disappointing, because one of the things that people tell you is as long as you are successful, you’re going to be in the big leagues,” Alonso told MLB.com. “It’s just one of those things where I understand it’s an organizational decision, and at the end of the day, I have to respect that. But it’s really disheartening because I feel like I’ve performed, and am deserving of a reward.”
The tough part of the situation for Alonso is he is not on the team’s 40-man roster. For him to be added to it, the Mets would lose an open spot they currently have. Subsequently, if the Mets then decided to add a player in the offseason, they would have to make a move to adjust the roster again.
The decision did not sit well with Alonso’s agents Adam Karon and Tripper Johnson.
“It is disheartening for Peter after producing an historically great season and exceeding every request from the Mets player development staff,” the agents wrote in a statement. “I’m sure it is equally disheartening for Mets fans who would enjoy watching and getting to know one of the most talented and entertaining players they’ve developed in years.”
Peter Alonso’s agents Adam Karon and Tripper Johnson had this to say about Alonso, who has hit 33 homers and driven in 111 this season, not getting a major league call-up: pic.twitter.com/dTEVJZzebj
— James Wagner (@ByJamesWagner) August 28, 2018
The Mets have said previously they want the 23-year-old to improve his defense.
“I know people say I stink at defense,” Alonso said. “I’m going to let all those people know that I figured a lot of things out. Yes, there’s always room to improve, but one day I’m going to win a Gold Glove (Award]) I know a lot of people are going to be surprised that I’m saying that, but in my heart, I know that’s going to happen. I know I’m going to keep working. I want this more than anybody.
“There are so many people in the baseball world that are striving to become big leaguers or get back to the big leagues. But I guarantee you none of them want it more badly than I want it.”