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.