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

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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.

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.

Video: Alonso goes deep vs. Mesa in Arizona Fall League

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.