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Thursday, July 9, 2020

Agents for Mets prospect Peter Alonso upset over lack of promotion

New York Mets

The agents for New York Mets prospect Peter Alonso are not happy with the team over their decision not to promote their client to the big leagues with a September call-up.

Mets assistant GM John Ricco told reporters on Tuesday that they will not be calling up Alonso despite the slugger bashing 33 homers in the minors this year. Ricco said that the team has too many other players they need to get at-bats at first base, so Alonso will have to wait until spring training to show the coaches what he can do.

According to Mets reporter James Wagner of The New York Times, Alonso’s agents Adam Karon and Tripper Johnson called the news “disheartening.”

Alonso, a second-round pick by the team out of Florida in 2016, has batted .277 with 33 homers and 111 RBIs across two levels in 2018. Though he showed plenty of power with a .548 slugging percentage in Triple-A, his .241 average could use some improvement. Ultimately, thanks to his big-time power, he appears to be a more promising prospect than former first-round pick Dominic Smith.

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