Behind the Breakout: Pete Alonso
Greg Jewett dissects breakout candidates during the 2019 MLB campaign.
Propelled by a strong spring, and prospect pedigree, Pete Alonso not only dropped the “r” from his first name, but moved up draft boards this preseason. With a litany of candidates for the Behind the Breakout series, Alonso won by a landslide in the Fantasy Alarm readers poll, so it’s time to see how he’s accomplished his record breaking season along with how sustainable his success will be.
As of this writing, Alonso’s already set the Mets franchise record for home runs in a rookie season with 27. It only took Alonso 77 games to set it compared to 133 for Darryl Strawberry to hit 26 in 1983. Of course, Strawberry did not benefit from a juiced baseball, but he also did not face bullpens full of relievers hitting 95 MPH-plus on radar guns. With an eye towards the future, Mark McGwire set the rookie home run record with 33 home runs prior to the All-Star break in 1987 with Aaron Judge next in line hitting 30 in 2017.
Alonso leads all major league rookies with his 27 home...