Pete Alonso had one of the greatest rookie seasons in MLB history last year for the Mets. Can he possibly surpass what he did in 2019 this year? Here are two props available to wager at Mybookie on Alonso’s 2020 MLB season – assuming there is one – and an overview.
Pete Alonso MLB Awards Odds & Analysis For 2020 Season
Pete Alonso was not a highly-touted prospect but had a smashing 2019 rookie season in winning NL Rookie of the Year honors. He hit an MLB rookie-record 53 homers and also won the Home Run Derby at the All-Star Game.
In the Derby, Alonso outslugged Guerrero in a memorable final round, hitting 23 home runs to edge his fellow rookie by one homer. Alonso became the second rookie ever to win the event, joining Aaron Judge of the Yankees, who won in 2017. Alonso’s total of 57 homers was the third most ever hit in a Derby, and although that was 34 fewer than Guerrero, he beat him when it counted. Alonso became the first Mets player to win the Home Run Derby outright; Darryl Strawberry shared the title with Wally Joyner in 1986.
For NL Rookie of the Year, he got 29 of 30 first-place votes. Altogether, he played in 161 games, hitting .260/.358/.583 with those 53 homers, 103 runs scored and 120 RBIs. Asked what stood out about Alonso’s rookie season, Mets GM Brady Van Wagenen said: “Fifty-three homers. That’s a lot. Pete kept the same attitude that he came into Spring Training with through the entire season, He was a good teammate. He was a true professional. And obviously, he was lightning in a bottle for all Mets fans.”
Pete Alonso became the Mets’ sixth Rookie of the Year winner, giving them at least two more than any other expansion team. The last Met to win was Jacob deGrom in 2014; the last Mets position player was Darryl Strawberry in 1983.
Alonso not only set the Mets single-season home run record but also picked up the Mets franchise records for total bases (347) and extra-base hits (85). It seemed possible that Alonso would fall victim to service time manipulation, but the team opened the 2019 season with Alonso on their Major League roster. There were concerns about Alonso’s defense, and many teams start their top prospects in Triple-A for a couple of weeks to manipulate the player’s service time. Alonso, however, earned a roster spot after hitting .352 with four home runs in spring training.
Alonso joined Aaron Judge, Giancarlo Stanton and Chris Davis as the only active players with 50 home runs in a season, and he became just the 30th player in major league history to reach that mark. His 120 RBIs were the seventh most for a rookie in major league history and the most since Albert Pujols had 130 in 2001. Alonso was the first Met to ever lead the majors in homers. He was the first rookie in MLB history with 50 homers and 30 doubles. He’s the 16th player ever with a 50-homer, 30-double season.
Alonso’s 120 RBIs were tied with Robin Ventura (120 RBI in 1999) for the third-most in team history. Only Mike Piazza (124 RBI in 1999) and David Wright (124 RBI in 2008) have more. He became the eighth player in franchise history with a 100+ run/100+ RBI season. It was the 12th time in franchise history and the first since Wright (115 R & 124 RBI) and Carlos Beltrán (112 R & 116 RBI) did so in 2008. He was is the first Mets rookie to record a 100+ run and 100+ RBI season.
Alonso has hit 27 home runs at Citi Field in 2019. Those were most home runs at home in team history. He surpassed Darryl Strawberry, who hit 24 home runs at Shea in 1990. Alonso will make just $652,521 this season.