Before he was breaking rookie records, anchoring the Mets lineup and captivating the fan base, Pete Alonso was a raw slugger with the Brooklyn Cyclones.

The rookie phenom’s professional journey to Flushing started with the short-season Single-A team from Coney Island just like so many other hope to do when the Cyclones open their season Friday at MCU Park against the Staten Island Yankees.

“You are a couple miles away from your dream,” Cyclones manager Edgardo Alfonzo said he tells his team.

Alfonzo, who played eight years with the Mets and helped propel the club to the 2000 National League pennant, is entering his third season as Cyclones manager. Before that, he served as Brooklyn’s bench coach from 2014-2016, working closely with Alonso during his one season with the team.

Alonso, one of the most prolific young talents in the majors, has mashed 22 home runs through his first 66 games, which was second-best in the league. He also had 49 RBIs and a .933 OPS heading into Thursday.

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Alfonzo is not surprised.

“Pete was really a rough guy, a tough guy and a strong dude,” Alfonzo told The Post. “Since the first day I saw him, he only really needed some more patience at the plate — his baseball knowledge was there. With those guys, it’s your job when they come to you in Brooklyn, to introduce them to pro baseball, because if you’ve been signed to play professional baseball you have talent. You have to polish them. Polish them how to play, how to perform, how to get to the next step.”

Alfonzo also worked with Michael Conforto and Amed Rosario during their time in Brooklyn and believes the biggest challenge his current players face is learning what it takes to be a professional, both on and off the field. The Mets’ 2019 sixth and seventh-round picks Zach Ashford (OF) and Luke Ritter (2B) were both listed on the Cyclones’ opening day roster.

The Cyclones (40-35) and the Staten Island Yankees (37-36) both missed the New York-Penn League playoffs last season despite winning records.

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“It was kind of a weird year,” Baby Bombers defensive coach Tyson Blaser said. “We led the league in strikeouts, and had the best ERA, but we were second-worst in the league in the hitting. We were going into the last two days of the season, last series with Brooklyn and we still had a shot to make the playoffs, so that’s how good we were on the mound.”

Blaser said he expects this year’s team to be improved at the plate, but with pitching that is unproven after a lot of the arms from last season were promoted to Single-A Charleston.

“I think this year we’re going to be better hitting the ball, without a doubt, and I think our pitching has yet to be seen,” Blaser said. “I think we’ve got some things to prove on the mound — kind of figure out who we are and what we are.”

Both teams’ rosters are filled with players looking to prove they are major leaguers, just like those who came before them.

“In the stadium, we have photos of those guys,” Alfonzo said. “They’re like ‘Wow this guy played here.’ Yeah, they played here. He’s like you, like me, like anyone else. This is the first step in your career. This is the first step in your goals. Look at it now.”

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