Pete Alonso Makes Mets Roster

27 Mar

Pete Alonso
NYPost.com:

The Mets have followed through with their promise to bring their best 25 players north.

Pete Alonso will be among those players, The Post confirmed, after the top Mets prospect had a scorching spring training.

Alonso hit .352 with four home runs and 11 RBIs as he vied for the first-base job with Dominic Smith, who also had an impressive spring training. It’s unclear who will get the Opening Day start against Washington’s Max Scherzer.

Dominic Smith Is Ready For Starting 1st Base Duties

16 Mar

Dom Smith
Newsday.com:

Dominic Smith could tell you he is in the best shape of his life, as so many other ballplayers do at this time of year, and it probably would be true. But he knows that doesn’t mean anything unless he performs when it matters.

Before he got his body right during the offseason, the Mets helped Smith do the same with his mind. Last season was the worst of his career, and at the end of it, he wasn’t sure where he stood with the organization. The new Mets regime, led by general manager Brodie Van Wagenen, settled that by telling Smith the team still believes in him.

“That’s all I needed to hear,” said Smith, who got a visit from executive director of player development Jared Banner and visited hitting coach Chili Davis. “To hear that, especially early in the offseason, it helped me get through this offseason and helped me feel more comfortable, relaxed and have fun on an everyday basis. They don’t have to let you know that, but for them to be open with me was awesome.”

With his concerns assuaged, Smith used the Mets’ vote of confidence as a springboard into an intense offseason and strong spring training, including a .400 average and 1.005 OPS as he competes with Pete Alonso for the first-base job.

All things considered, the Mets would be better off keeping Pete Alonso in the minor league to start the season anyway.