By Jerry Del Priore
The Long Island Ducks of the independent Atlantic League announced Tuesday that they have inked infielder Giovanny Alfonzo.
The signing is notable to Mets fans because Alfonzo is the son of former Brooklyn Cyclones manager Edgar Alfonzo and the nephew of present manager and Mets legend Edgardo Alfonzo, who also played with the Ducks (2007).
Alfonzo, a 21st round selection in the 2015 MLB amateur draft, comes to Long Island after spending two campaigns in the Miami Marlins’ organization.
He played 66 games for the Single-A Greensboro Bats of the South Atlantic League (SAL) in 2016, hitting .222 with two home runs, 14 RBI, 12 runs and six doubles. Alfonzo’s season also included two home runs in a three-contest span between July 22nd and 25th as well as three consecutive multi-hit games from July 29th to 31st.
The 24-year-old versatile infielder suited-up for Single-A Batavia of the New York-Penn League (NYPL) in 2015, posting a .245 batting average with 20 RBI, 17 runs, six doubles and eight stolen bases.
In addition, Alfonzo sports a solid glove, registering a .960 fielding percentage at all four infield positions over his professional career.
Before turning pro, the Venezuelan native played college ball at Florida State University and the University of Tampa, totaling a .298 batting average with 11 round trippers, 107 RBI, 129 runs and 31 doubles over four seasons.