The Seattle Mariners acquired first baseman Ryon Healy from the A’s in November. Healy, who has hit .282/.313/.475 with 38 homers in 221 games in Oakland over the past two seasons, is projected to serve as the regular first baseman for the Mariners in 2018.
He won’t be doing it for a while, though. It was reported yesterday that he was undergoing tests on his hand, after he began to experience pain following offseason workouts. The results are back and they’re not good:
Two days into spring training and the M’s are already down a man. Until Healy can come back, it will be either Mike Ford, Daniel Vogelbach, Ben Gamel or some combination of them manning first base.
Rookie first baseman Pete Alonso has launched what appears to be the beginning of an auspicious career, made all the more notable by the 50 home runs he’s produced for the Mets so far this season. The All-Star slugger pushed his home run streak to four straight games on Friday, collecting no. 50 on an eighth-inning fastball from the Reds’ Sal Romano.
It’s just the latest of a long line of accomplishments for the 24-year-old infielder. Entering Friday’s series opener against Cincinnati, the first-time All-Star carried a .266/.366/.590 batting line with a league-leading 49 homers, 113 RBI, a .956 OPS and 4.9 fWAR through 648 plate appearances. Among those who are still rounding out their rookie seasons in 2019, he ranks first in home runs and fWAR by a long shot: the White Sox’ Eloy Jiménez is second in home runs with 28 dingers, while the Astros’ Yordan Álvarez plays second fiddle in fWAR with 3.7 Wins Above Replacement.
Even more remarkable: Alonso is the second rookie in MLB history to deliver at least 50 home runs in a single season. The first? Aaron Judge, who clubbed a jaw-dropping 52 homers for the Yankees in 2017.