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Mets rookie Francisco Álvarez clubs home run for first career hit

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Late last week, the Mets called up prospect Francisco Alvarez to make his three-game debut in Atlanta. It was a rough start—things like that happen because it’s so hard to pitch in MLB. He went 0 for 8 with three outs.

On Tuesday, Alvarez hit Brandon Nimmo in Game 2 of the doubleheader against the Nationals and got a much better performance.

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First MLB hit? Check. First home run in MLB? Check! Yes, the RBI and the scoring boxes were hit as well.

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Homer was not cheap. He walked 439 feet.

He later doubled in the game so he’s now 2-for-10 with a .600 hitting percentage.

Alvarez becomes the youngest Mets player to hit a home run since Dilson Herrera hit 20 on September 20, 2014. Alvarez, who is also 20 years old, will only turn 21 on November 19.

Before the start of the season, Alvarez was ranked seventh on R. J. Anderson’s Top 50 Leads. Here is what Anderson said at the time:

Alvarez, the first of two Mets prospects on the list, turned 20 in November. Despite his youth, he hit .272/.388/.554 hitting 24 home runs at two levels in 2021. Part of Álvarez’s season included appearances for the Saint Lucy Mets. It was then that he had the highest average exit rate in the league all season, and that league included the likes of Jordan Walker, Anthony Volpe and Austin Hendrick. It is rare to see such offensive power from a young defender who is sure to get left behind. Alvarez expects to open the year in the Double-A rankings; he’s the one to watch.

He started the season as a catcher in Double-A before moving to Triple-A in the summer. In 112 minor league games (67 in Double-A and 45 in Triple-A), he hit .260/.374/.511 with 22 doubles, 27 home runs, and 78 RBIs. He started 77 games behind the plate and 33 in the DH.

It’s been a quick climb to the majors and it’s possible Alvarez will need more seasoning in the juniors at some point in 2023, but talent was on display in his game on Tuesday with two extra base hits.



Source: www.cbssports.com

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