Pete Alonso has not wasted any time in making his mark with the Mets.
The rookie first baseman has six home runs and 17 RBI with a slashline of .323/.413/.708 through the first 18 games of his career.
He has even put himself in the same category as Yankees sluggers Aaron Judge and Giancarlo Stanton with his 454-foot, 118.3 mph home run against the Braves on April 11 -- the ninth hardest hit ball ever recorded by Statcast and hardest ball hit by a player not named Judge or Stanton.
Naturally, he is already being asked about whether or not he would compete in the Home Run Derby on July 8 in Cleveland.
"Absolutely," Alonso told Tim Healey of Newsday. "That would be a blast. That would be a hell of a time."
Not to mention there is quite the financial incentive, too.
This year's winner will receive $1 million grand prize, or almost twice the amount of Alonso's league-minimum $500,000 salary.
The 24-year-old slugger will need to show he can maintain this power for longer than three weeks, but there is no reason to believe he cannot keep it up.
He hit 36 home runs between Double-A and Triple-A last season, and showed he could be Statcast's new favorite player when he blasted a 415-foot shot with a 113.6 mph exit velocity in last year's Futures Game.
And while many players have shied away from the Home Run Derby, Alonso has always had it on his mind as something he'd want to try.
"It's one of those things that would be extremely fun to compete in, against the prolific power hitters from other teams and the other league," Alonso said. "If I got invited, I'd love to do it. It's something that'd be really fun. I'm sure during All-Star week it'd be an electric environment."