By Jerry Del Priore
When the Long Island Ducks of the independent Atlantic League (AL) signed infielder Giovanny Alfonzo back in April, they knew they were getting a solid baseball player with a good glove.
But the Ducks didn’t expect him to far exceed his past numbers, as Alfonzo, 24, led the team in hitting with a .309 average.
Alfonzo’s highest single-season average in professional baseball was .245, with Single-A Batavia of the New York-Penn League (NYPL) in 2015.
The Venezuelan native added four home runs and 45 RBI with 17 doubles, a triple, and 10 stolen bases in 362 at-bats in 106 games in 2017, helping Long Island claim the Atlantic League’s Liberty Division’s second half championship.
It was one of Alfonzo’s finest season of his young pro career.
Before inking a contract with the Ducks, Alfonzo—son of former Brooklyn Cyclones manager Edgar Alfonzo and the nephew of 2017 Cyclones manager and Mets legend Edgardo Alfonzo—spent two campaigns in the Miami Marlins’ organization.
The former Marlins’ 21st-round selection of the 2015 MLB amateur draft played in 66 games for Single-A Greensboro of the South Atlantic League (SAL), and hit .222 with two home runs, 14 RBI, 12 runs and six doubles in 2016.
Previous to his pro career, Alfonzo suited up for 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.