After an impressive Major League Baseball debut, Pete Alonso was voted April’s National League Rookie of the Month by the MLB.
The 24-year-old first baseman from the University of Florida has had one of the best first months out of any New York Mets rookie.
Alonso, who spent 2018 playing for the Binghamton Rumble Ponies and the Las Vegas 51s, has nine home runs and hit .292/.382/.642 with 26 RBI -- leading all qualified NL rookies in home runs, RBI and slugging. The Polar Bear tied Darryl Strawberry for the franchise record for home runs by a rookie in a calendar month.
He also hit eight doubles and a triple in his first 29 games in the big leagues.
The only other Mets rookies to earn the nod are Justin Tuner (2011), Jacob deGrom (2014) and Steven Matz (2016).
“I’m just really appreciative of the opportunity that I’ve had,” Alonso said, per Anthony DiComo, beat writer for the Mets.
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