Mets rookie first baseman Pete Alonso has gotten off to quite the start to his career.
The 24-year-old is hitting .325/.419/.725 with eight home runs, 21 RBI and eight doubles in just 22 games. The young first baseman has hit a couple of jaw-dropping moonshots over the course of the first month of the season, and currently holds the mark for the hardest-hit home run of 2019 with his April 11th blast against the Braves that registered at 118.3 mph.
Any way you look at it, it's hard to deny the fact that Alonso has the makings of a very special ballplayer.
WFAN's MLB insider Joe Girardi joined "Mike's On" Tuesday to chat about the Mets' promising young first baseman.
"I like his swing a lot because he has power to all fields," Girardi told Mike Francesa about Alonso. "This is not just a pull guy. So to me, that tells me he's staying on the ball. Usually those guys are pretty consistent throughout their careers, and it's just not a flash in the pan."
While Alonso's career has certainly begun on an encouraging note, the true test will come after teams gather more information on the first baseman.
Alonso has appeared in only 20 games at the major league level, and has collected just 80 at-bats.
As teams gather more data on the young slugger, opposing pitchers will learn what the best approach is to get him out.
The fact that he is a rookie is not going to stop Mets fans from getting excited, but Girardi believes it will take a few more seasons before we can truly judge how good of a player Alonso is.
"I always look at a couple of years," WFAN's Insider said about how long it takes a hitter to prove he's the real deal. "Because teams start to make a lot of adjustments to you. Obviously the division is going to see him a lot more than the non-divisional teams. But a couple years, as they get to know you and get to know them...
"I think he's going to have some ups and downs, but I think they're going to learn how to pitch him better as time goes on. You get 500 at-bats on you, and now you say 'Well this is a pretty good sample that we can make a determination.' It's how he adjusts the second year that's always important."