Touted rookie 1B Alonso to be on Mets' roster

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Wednesday, March 27, 2019

New York Mets rookie first baseman Pete Alonso has made the team's Opening Day roster after an outstanding performance during spring training this year.

There was widespread speculation that the Mets might have Alonso, 24, start 2019 in the minors to limit his major league service time.

But Mets general manager Brodie Van Wagenen confirmed Wednesday that Alonso and fellow first baseman Dominic Smith both will be on the 25-man roster for Thursday's season opener against the Washington Nationals.

"He showed us, and he certainly showed his teammates, that ... he earned it,'' Van Wagenen said of Alonso.

As for whether the team was tempted to have Alonso start the season in the minors, the GM added: "I do want to focus on winning games. Let's win as many as we can, as early as we can in the season. And I'm not of the mindset that we should be sacrificing the best product for the fans and the best product for the other 24 guys in that clubhouse to save service time or potential future money six years down the road.''

Alonso is rated among the Mets' top prospects after his breakout 2018 season in the minor leagues.

The 6-foot-3, 245-pound Alonso batted .352 with four home runs and 11 RBIs in 22 games this spring. He had 36 homers and 119 RBIs in 132 combined games last season at Double-A and Triple-A.