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Mets' Alonso, Gimenez collect first homers in AFL '18

October 11, 2018

MESA, Ariz. -- After a torrid season in the Minors, Peter Alonso, the Mets' No. 2 prospect and No. 58 overall, is off to a hot start in the Arizona Fall League.2018 Arizona Fall League rostersThe first baseman followed up a 2-for-4, two-RBI game on opening night with another impressive

MESA, Ariz. -- After a torrid season in the Minors, Peter Alonso, the Mets' No. 2 prospect and No. 58 overall, is off to a hot start in the Arizona Fall League.
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The first baseman followed up a 2-for-4, two-RBI game on opening night with another impressive performance Wednesday night when his Scottsdale Scorpions defeated the Mesa Solar Sox, 10-3.
The game was highlighted by Alonso's deep two-run blast to left field in the sixth inning that gave his team a 9-to-1 lead. Alonso finished the game 3-for-4 with a double, a home run, two RBIs and a walk. He also scored three runs and is now batting .625 through the first two Fall League games. His defensive ability was evident in a diving stop on a sharply hit grounder in the first inning. 
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"I'm just trying to play the best baseball I can," Alonso said.

Alonso played collegiately at the University of Florida and was drafted in the second round by the Mets in 2016. Last season, splitting time between Double-A Binghampton and Triple-A Las Vegas, he batted .285 with 36 home runs and 119 RBIs.
The 6-foot-3 first baseman is ready to get his shot in the Majors. A shot that is likely to come next season.
"It's what every baseball player dreams of. I'm working hard every day and I can't wait for that opportunity," Alonso said.
Alonso's fellow Scottsdale Scorpion and top Mets prospect is 20-year-old shortstop Andres Gimenez.
Gimenez, who ranks No. 55 overall, made his Fall League debut Wednesday against the Solar Sox and homered to right field in his first at-bat. His only hit of the night, Gimenez finished the game 1-for-4 with a walk.
With many of baseball's top prospects in Arizona, the Fall League provides a glimpse into what could be the future of the Mets' infield for years to come.
"This is a cool moment, not just getting to play with [Gimenez], but I mean guys that I've played with and against throughout my journey," said Alonso. "It's really cool that all of us are here. It's kind of like a six-week-long All-Star Game. I'm really enjoying myself."

Drake Dunaway is a senior journalism student at Arizona State University. This story is part of a partnership between MLB.com and ASU's Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication.