Watch: Mets’ Pete Alonso hits hardest home run of season
Pete Alonso is quickly entering star status for the New York Mets and can add a cool honor to his list of accomplishments early this season.
The rookie slugger hit the hardest home run of the season — an absolute laser to center against the Atlanta Braves on Thursday night:
Pete Alonso CRUSHES one to dead center!
"A splashdown for Alonso" pic.twitter.com/nXAiJMyi9X
— SNY (@SNYtv) April 12, 2019
The splash hit at SunTrust Park traveled an estimated 454 feet and was tracked at an exit velocity of 118.3 mph, making it the hardest hit of the season.
There's more. Pete Alonso's home run left the bat at 118.3 (!) mph. That's by far the hardest anyone has hit in MLB this season, and the hardest homer by a player not named Giancarlo Stanton or Aaron Judge since Statcast began tracking in 2015.
— Anthony DiComo (@AnthonyDiComo) April 12, 2019
That was Alonso’s sixth home run of the season. He’s up to 17 RBIs and has an absurd .909 slugging percentage. The Mets must be thrilled they began the season with him in the lineup rather than in the minors due to service time games.