Gators in Pro Baseball: Alonso becoming one of baseball’s top prospects

This is a 2018 photo of Peter Alonso of the New York Mets baseball team. This image reflects the Mets active roster as of Feb. 21, 2018 when this image was taken. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)

By Kyle Bennett and Aaron Brand

Rumble Ponies first baseman Peter Alonso is destroying Double-A this season. He was named to the MLB Pipeline team of the week after homering in four straight games to up his season total to eight home runs, which leads the Eastern League and was also honored by making Baseball America’s all-prospect team for the month of April. The 23-year-old leads all minor league players in on-base percentage (.482), and leads the Eastern League in slugging (.707) OPS (1.189) and total bases (65) and is second in hits (34), RBIs (23) and walks (18). And here’s another number for you, he is one year older than the Mets’ first baseman in waiting Dominic Smith, who plays for the Las Vegas 51s (the Mets’ Triple-A affiliate). Although Alonso was just 2-for-14 in the Grapefruit League this spring with the big club, he has amassed 15 strikeouts and 15 walks, pointing to better discipline at the plate and could signal a breakthrough for Alonso.

(The following is a complete and updated list of major and minor league players who went to UF, listed alphabetically by last name)

MLB Players

Harrison Bader (OF) — St. Louis Cardinals

Bader picked up a couple starts this week for the injured Tommy Pham (groin) and went 3-for-14, scored three runs and stole a base for the Cardinals.

Anthony DeSclafani (RHP) — Cincinnati Reds

DeSclafani threw a bullpen session Friday, tossing 29 pitches. The righty has missed the entire season due to an oblique injury, but is eligible to return from the DL on May 28.

Brian Johnson (RHP) — Boston

Red Sox pitcher Brian Johnson appeared in two games this week. He gave up one earned run on two hits on April 30 and gave up three earned runs on three hits May 1 for his first loss of the year.

Austin Maddox (RHP) — Boston — DL

Red Sox relief pitcher Austin Maddox is on the 10-day DL as he continues to deal with shoulder inflammation. Maddox has yet to pitch in any game this year after posting good numbers last season, only giving up one run in 17 innings of action.

Darren O’Day (RHP) — Baltimore Orioles

Baltimore’s submarine relief pitcher earned his second save of the season April 29 after a perfect inning where he struck out two batters. Save opportunities for O’Day have been few and far between for the last-place Orioles (8-26). The 35-year-old Jacksonville native has a 3.77 ERA this season and 18 Ks through 14.1 innings.

Preston Tucker (LF) — Atlanta Braves

Since Atlanta called up top prospect Ronald Acuna, Tucker has been relegated to pinch-hit duties, going 4-for-9 off the bench. When the Braves called up Jose Bautista, Tucker was sent down to Triple-A, but was called back up just hours later when Atlanta was forced to put shortstop Dansby Swanson on the DL.

Mike Zunino (C) — Seattle Mariners

Mike Zunino is striking out 40 percent of the time this season, which is almost double the MLB average of 22.3 percent. But the six-year MLB veteran does have four home runs through 14 games and the Mariners have a 9-5 record since Zunino returned to the lineup in late April and have climbed to just 1.5 games back of the Shohei Ohtani-infused Angels in the NL West. This week, Zunino smashed a go-ahead home run in the eighth inning of Saturday’s matchup with the first-place Angels and added two RBIs in the 9-8 Seattle win.

MiLB Players

Shaun Anderson (RHP) — Richmond Flying Squirrels (San Francisco Giants Double-A)

Anderson is carrying a 2.86 ERA and has improved to a 3-1 record this year for the Flying Squirrels after two straight wins. He’s averaging a strikeout per inning with a WHIP of 1.09.

Kevin Chapman (LHP) — Free Agent

Released by the Rochester Red Wings in June of 2017.

Jonathon Crawford (RHP) — Daytona Tortugas (Cincinnati Reds Class A Advanced)

Crawford remains on the disabled list.

Matt den Dekker (LF) — Las Vegas 51s (New York Mets Triple-A)

The left fielder is hitting .226 with five home runs through 26 games for the Mets’ Triple-A affiliate.

Dane Dunning (RHP) — Birmingham Barons (Chicago White Sox Double-A)

Dunning was elevated to Double-A on April 26 and has made two starts for his new team, the Birmingham Barons. He pitched six innings in each of his starts and gave up a total of eight hits and three earned runs.

Alex Faedo (RHP) — Lakeland Flying Tigers (Detroit Tigers Class A Advanced)

Faedo has a 2.34 ERA with 27 strikeouts over 34 2/3 innings across six starts. In his most recent outing, the righty went 5 ⅔ allowing one earned run on five hits and two walks with two strikeouts. Faedo has yet to allow more than three earned runs in a start this season and currently has a WHIP of 0.84.

Nolan Fontana (SS) — Salt Lake Bees (Los Angeles Angels Triple-A)

Fontana is currently on the 7-day DL.

Daniel Gibson (LHP) — Reno Aces (Arizona Diamondbacks Triple-A)

Gibson is currently on the 7-day DL.

Taylor Gushue (C) — Harrisburg Senators (Washington Nationals Double-A)

Gushue’s average has dropped significantly after going 5-for-29 at the plate this week and only posted one extra-base hit.

Dalton Guthrie (SS) — Lakewood BlueClaws (Philadelphia Phillies Class A)

Guthrie picked up four RBIs and saw his average climb to .205 after a 7-for-24 week from the plate and had three multi-hit games after having only two all season.

Eric Hanhold (RHP) — Binghamton Rumble Ponies — (New York Mets Double-A)

Hanhold made two appearances this week for Binghamton. His first was a successful save on April 30, but on Saturday he gave up five earned runs on five hits and was saddled with a loss for the first time this season.

Mark Kolozsvary (C) — Dayton Dragons (Cincinnati Reds Class A)

Kolozsvary is hitting .234 with seven RBIs and had his fourth multi-hit game this season for the Dragons on Monday.

Taylor Lewis (RHP) — Free agent

Johnny Magliozzi (RHP) — Binghamton Rumble Ponies (New York Mets Double-A)

Magliozzi was placed on the DL April 28. He holds an 8.31 ERA in Double-A.

Richie Martin (SS) — Stockton Ports (Oakland A’s Class A Advanced)

Martin is hitting .220 with three steals and currently has a four-game hit streak going.

Scott Moss (LHP) — Daytona Tortugas (Cincinnati Reds Class A Advanced)

Moss started one game this week and gave up four earned runs on five hits. It was a rough outing for Moss who hit two batters and gave up a home run in 5.1 innings of work.

Bobby Poyner (LHP) — Pawtucket Red Sox

Poyner pitched a scoreless inning for the Boston Red Sox Friday but was optioned back to Triple-A affiliate Pawtucket on Saturday.

A.J. Puk (LHP) — Stockton Ports (Oakland Athletics Class-A Advanced)

Puk underwent Tommy John surgery and is out for the rest of the season.

Ryan Raburn (OF) — Free agent

Buddy Reed (CF) — Lake Elsinore Storm (San Diego Padres Class A Advanced)

Reed continues to swing a hot bat this season, collecting multi-hit games in four of his last seven games, including going five for his last 11 to give him a California League-best 39 and raise his average to .355, which is second-best in the league. Reed has hit five home runs, which puts him sixth in the CL, and has stolen 14 bases, good for second in the league.

Mike Rivera (C) — Lake County Captains (Cleveland Indians Class A)

Rivera remains on the DL. He’s hit just .185 in his first 10 games of the season.

Paco Rodriguez (LHP) — Free agent

Frank Rubio (RHP) — Augusta GreenJackets (San Francisco Giants Class A)

Rubio is now a perfect 6-for-6 in save opportunities this season and has struck out 21 over 15 ⅓ innings of work. Since allowing three runs (two earned) in his first game of the year, the righty has allowed just one run in his subsequent eight appearances.

Justin Shafer (RHP) — New Hampshire Fisher Cats (Toronto Blue Jays Double-A)

Shafer earned his first save of the season Saturday as he got the last two outs the Fisher Cats needed for a win. He also pitched two scoreless innings on just one hit on Wednesday.

Logan Shore (RHP) — Stockton Ports (Oakland A’s Class A Advanced)

Shore started his first game of the season on April 29, going four innings allowing one run on two hits and a hit batter. He struck out six. He pitched again on Saturday for six innings and did not allow a run but gave up for hits and had eight Ks.

Kirby Snead (LHP) — New Hampshire Fisher Cats (Toronto Blue Jays Double-A)

Snead moved up a level to Double-A after posting a 1.08 ERA over 8 ⅓ innings at Single-A Advanced Dunedin. Snead has made two appearances for the Fisher Cats, allowing a walk and no hits with two strikeouts over 2 ⅓ innings.

Tim Tebow (LF) — Binghamton Rumble Ponies (New York Mets Double-A)

Tebow managed to get a hit in 5-of-7 games this week and boosted his average up 20 points to .244. He hit home runs in back-to-back games and also hit a double and a triple in the same game.

Josh Tobias (2B) — Portland Sea Dogs (Boston Red Sox Double-A)

Tobias has struggled to put the bat on the ball as of late and his average has plummeted to .250 after being as high as .339 just a week ago.

Casey Turgeon (3B) — Free agent

Danny Young (LHP) — New Hampshire Fisher Cats (Toronto Blue Jays Double-A)

Young gave up three earned runs and hit a batter in just 1.1 innings of work on Thursday.


Red Sox pitcher Austin Maddox (10-day DL)
Red Sox pitcher Brian Johnson
Red Sox pitcher Bobby Poyner
Orioles pitcher Darren O’Day
Mariners catcher Mike Zunino (10-day DL)
Braves outfielder Preston Tucker



Angels infielder Nolan Fontana