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Friday, April 12, 2019

2019 FANTASY BASEBALL STATUS REPORT: PETE ALONSO 1B NEW YORK METS

Aaron Judge move over.  You got some company in New York as a superstar monster slugger and it comes in the form of Mets first baseman Pete Alonso who is not only taking the city by storm but the fantasy baseball world as well.  Already having carried a ton of hype coming into the season after he smacked 36 homers at two levels in 2018, Alonso has exploded out of the gates with 5 bombs in just 46 at-bats.  Almost every one of those homers has been of the majestic variety and that included last night versus the Atlanta Braves when Alonso sent a baseball splashing down into the pond beyond the centerfield fence.  As we go into Friday's action, Alonso takes the following numbers with him:

.366
5 HR
15 RBI
9 R
0 SB
30.4 K/9
10.9 BB/9
.455 BABIP

Obviously, the power is immense here as Alonso is a monster of a man physically and he will continue to collect home runs by the bushel in making a firm run toward 40 bombs this season.  What also has to be mentioned here which doesn't get as much attention is the fact that Alonso is a terrific pure hitter as well.  Granted Alonso does strike out a bunch which was anticipated but he also draws walks and goes the other way when needed.  So Alonso is far from being just a pure power hitter and the average reflects that.  

Now as far the downside of things, Alonso's .455 BABIP is obviously due to come down a ton and so the average will take a plunge with it.  Prior to the season, I felt Alonso would be more of a .265 hitter and given the 30.4 K/9 that could still be the case.  Still, Alonso's 10/9 BB/9 helps offset the strikeouts some and the power as we noted is as good as it gets. So really Alonso is fully graduating into being one of the very best sluggers and first baseman in fantasy baseball and that doesn't figure to change for quite awhile.  The ride has certainly been tremendous so far and even the similarly skilled Judge has to be impressed.  


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