Pete Alonso Home Runs Through the Years

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New York Mets first baseman Pete Alonso has only been in the big leagues since 2019, but the dude has made his mark on the field. More specifically, the mark he’s made is at the plate with the bat in his hands. Simply put, Pete Alonso home runs are fun to watch and it’s almost impossible to get bored watching him launch baseballs.

Pete Alonso Home Runs So Far in His Career

The 27-year-old is entering 2022 with 106 career homers under his belt. That’s a lot of dingers over a three-year period, especially when thinking about how the 2020 campaign only consisted of a 60-game schedule because of the COVID-19 pandemic. Let’s put those 106 homers into perspective before drooling over what he’s done since his Rookie of the Year performance.

Alonso reached the century mark in just 347 games. That’s the second-fastest anyone has gotten there in MLB history, with only Ryan Howard (325 games) getting there faster. Nobody in MLB hit more homers than Alonso between 2019 and 2021, with Eugenio Suarez coming in second with 95 dingers.

And, while the first baseman has played in just 370 total games with the Mets, his prodigious power already has him ranked 14th on the Mets’ all-time home run leaderboard before playing a single game in 2022.

Now that we’ve settled that, let’s look at all the homers he’s hit since debuting with New York. And when you’re done, check out Shohei Ohtani’s home runs through the years to see another current player slugging dingers left and right.

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2019 Season: 53 Home Runs

It’s almost impossible to come out of the gate stronger than Alonso did as a rookie. He not only made the big-league roster as the Opening Day first baseman, but the Polar Bear immediately showed why he was ready for the bright lights in Queens.

His first 376 plate appearances – which took him to the All-Star break – resulted in a .280/.372/.634 line with 30 home runs, 68 RBI, 57 runs scored, and a 161 wRC+. This performance earned him a trip to the midsummer classic in Cleveland, along with an entry into the Home Run Derby, which he ended up winning.

Alonso’s overall production came back down to Earth in the second half, but it was still excellent. His OPS went from 1.006 to .863, while his wRC+ dropped down to 124. That was a considerable drop when looking at his first half, but it’s not as if his production fell off a cliff. He also added another 23 home runs and 52 RBI. By the end of June, Alonso broke Darryl Strawberry’s Mets rookie home run record, and by the end of August, he was the Mets’ all-time single-season home run king.

His most powerful month came in September when he slugged 11 homers on his way to breaking Aaron Judge’s MLB rookie home run record. As if this all wasn’t enough, he also joined the ranks of MLB’s Home Run Derby winners. New York’s biggest power threat didn’t just hit wall scrapers, either. Twelve of his 53 homers traveled at least 440 feet, with three being more than 460 feet. He hit them hard, too – 19 of his dingers had an exit velocity of at least 110 mph.

2020 Season: 16 Home Runs

The shortened season of 2020 was weird for lots of reasons, and it was something that certainly seemed to impact Alonso. With only 60 games to play, there wasn’t a lot of time to get in a groove and climb out of an early-season slump, which is what happened.

Through the end of August, which spanned 144 plate appearances, Alonso struggled to a .213/.333/.385 line with just six homers, 18 RBI, and 16 runs scored. He was walking at a 12.5% clip, but his strikeout rate was at 27.8%, all of which led to a slightly below average wRC+ of 98. But as the regular season was winding down, he found his footing.

Over his final 95 trips to the plate in September, Alonso slashed .256/.316/.640 with 10 homers, 17 RBI, 15 runs scored, a 6.3% walk rate, a 22.1% strikeout rate, and a 152 wRC+. He was especially on fire in his last six games, which included four of those homers and eight of those RBI, along with a .500/.583/1.200 triple slash and a 354 wRC+.

Even when he was getting the ball over the fence, he didn’t do it with the same kind of consistent savagery that he did in 2019 – only one of his 16 taters went 450-plus feet, along with seven registering an exit velocity of at least 110 mph.

This put a little pressure on him to come back in 2021 to prove that his Rookie of the Year campaign wasn’t a fluke and that the furious hot streak he went on to finish 2020 was a sign that he was back.

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2021 Season: 37 Home Runs

Alonso put together a decent first half in 2021, but it wasn’t necessarily something worth writing home about. He put up a 118 wRC+ with a .802 OPS, 17 home runs, and 49 RBI. That didn’t net him an All-Star selection, so he needed a special invite to come and defend his Home Run Derby crown, which he did…with ease.

There’s a myth out there that the Home Run Derby messes up a hitter’s swing, but Alonso was just one example of the event getting himself back on track. He slugged 20 homers with 45 RBI in the second half, which included a much higher OPS (.921) and wRC+ (147).

The first baseman launched five homers more than 440 feet in 2021, as well as seven registering an exit velocity of at least 110 mph. What’s very interesting here is how improved his plate discipline was.

While Alonso’s walk rate finished at a career-low 9.4% rate, his strikeout rate decreased for the second straight year, and the drop was much more significant this time around. After posting a 26.4% rate as a rookie, that number was 25.5% in 2020 and settled in at just 19.9% in 2021. Prior to Opening Day, the 27-year-old discussed his desire to control the strike zone better. He succeeded in making a noteworthy improvement.

Just as importantly, not only did he defend his Home Run Derby title, he put together one of the best single-round performances ever.

What’s Next for Pete Alonso?

With hitters like Brandon Nimmo, Starling Marte, and Francisco Lindor hitting in front of him, the 2022 season should be one that’s full of more homers and RBI for Alonso. Once his campaign is complete, we’ll come back and update this article with his newest batch of dingers.