Former UF standout Alonso shines at All-Star Futures Game

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U.S. Team Peter Alonso, of the New York Mets prepares to hit a home run against the World Team in the seventh inning of the All-Star Futures baseball game, Sunday, July 15, 2018, at Nationals Park, in Washington. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster/File)

New York Mets prospect and former UF standout Peter Alonso hit a two-run homer that reminded manager Torii Hunter of Mark McGwire as the United States beat the World 10-6 in a longball-filled All-Star Futures Game on Sunday.

Alonso’s seventh-inning home run came off Philadelphia Phillies right-hander Adonis Medina, whose wild pitch on a strikeout allowed the go-ahead run to score. Medina is one of the prospects whose name has been mentioned in trade talks involving Baltimore Orioles shortstop Manny Machado.

“Such an awesome moment!!! It was so special I had a bunch of loved ones there to be there with me and support me. What a time to hit the farthest one of my life,” Alonso wrote on his Twitter account

The Los Angeles Dodgers, who have also been linked to Machado, got some good and bad in the Futures Game with catcher Keibert Ruiz injuring his right hand and outfielder Yusniel Diaz hitting two home runs. Ruiz took a foul tip off his right hand and left the game.

Cincinnati Reds prospect Taylor Trammell, who had a home run and a triple, was chosen as the MVP.

Hunter said after Alonso’s home run: “That is some Mark McGuire-type stuff. I won’t forget that name.” Friend and former teammate David Ortiz managed the World team.

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  1. So I have been all about Alonso outplaying Tebow at Binghamton. And he did and he is very deserving of the accolades. But has anyone seen the streak? Tebow has hit safely in the last 12 games in which he has played and 18 of 19. Raised his average by 30 points. Go Tim, Go Pete and Go Gators!