High Point, N.C. — The High Point Rockers of the Atlantic League of Professional Baseball have re-signed ex-New York Mets farmhand Giovanny Alfonzo last week for the upcoming 2020 season.
Alfonzo, son and nephew of former Brooklyn Cyclones managers Edgar Alfonzo and Edgardo Alfonzo (Mets legend), respectivley, appeared in 112 games last year, batting .248 with 30 RBI and 13 stolen bases.
Additionally, he finished in a second-place tie among Atlantic League shortstops with a .964 fielding percentage.
While Alfonzo struggled during the first part of last year, hitting .218 at the all-star break, the 27-year-old turned it on in the second half, batting .282 the rest of the way, despite missing some time in August with an injury.
Alfonzo, a former Long Island Duck, is looking to pick up where left off and hopes to help the Rockers capture an ALPB Championship in the process.
“I want to bring what I did in the second half of last season,” Alfonzo said on HighPointRockers.com, “I found a rhythm and I want to keep it going to help our team from Day 1. As a team, we have a small chip on our shoulders after losing in the first round of the playoffs. We made a name for ourselves, but now it’s time for us to bring home some hardware.”
The High Point fans love Alfonzo, and he feels the same way about them, chomping at the bit to return to the BB&T Point diamond.
“The energy the fans brought to me last season is something I’ve thought about every day this offseason,” he said. “I can’t wait to get back to High Point and the fans.”
Alfonzo has three seasons of MLB affiliated baseball under his belt, including two seasons with Miami and one with New York.
The Rockers begin the 2020 campaign at home against the Southern Maryland Blue Crabs on Thursday, April 30th.