Lindor believes Alonso has 'years like Aaron Judge' in his future
New York Mets All-Star first baseman Pete Alonso has put together a terrific season, but his teammate Francisco Lindor believes there are bigger things to come for the 27-year-old slugger.
"Really good year, but I don't think it's his best year yet," Lindor said Saturday, according to Mike Puma of the New York Post.
"I think he is going to have a few more years that are way better than this one. This year he is driving in a lot of runs and he's got a good amount of home runs, but I think he's got years like Aaron Judge, as he gets older in the game and understands himself a little more. He's going to have really good years."
Alonso owns an .855 OPS with 38 home runs and an NL-leading 123 RBIs across 152 games this season. He is one RBI away from equaling the Mets' franchise record of 124 in a season, which David Wright and Mike Piazza share.
Lindor also believes the elimination of the shift will help make Alonso even more successful at the plate.
"Next year without the shift, his batting average is going to go up even more, so he is going to have better years to come," Lindor said.
"I am happy. He is having a really good year this year, but he hasn't sniffed his best year yet."
Lindor reached 100 RBIs in a season for the first time in his career on Saturday. He and Alonso have knocked in 223 runs combined, which is the most for any pair of MLB teammates in 2022.