Conforto: Step right up and greet the Mets

OREGON STATE junior outfielder Michael Conforto was selected in the first round -- No. 10 overall -- by the New York Mets on Thursday in the 2014 MLB First-Year Player Draft. It is the soonest any Beaver baseballer has ever been drafted.

Michael Conforto is the seventh Oregon State player to be taken in the first round, and the first since Mitch Canham and Eddie Kunz in 2007. His selection as the 10th overall player is the program's best, surpassing Scott Christman's 17th overall pick by the Chicago White Sox in 1993.

Conforto in 2014 was the Pac-12 Player of the Year – for the second consecutive season – and is Oregon State's first-ever three-time All-American as he was recently named a first-team selection by Louisville Slugger. He also earned first-team All-Pac-12 honors three consecutive seasons, the first Beaver to have that distinction in more than a decade.

He is up for the Golden Spikes and Dick Howser Awards as the nation's top player.

He led Oregon State to its sixth consecutive postseason appearance in 2014, and its third regional host during that stretch. He finished the season with a .345 batting average with seven home runs and 56 runs batted in, second only in the Pac-12 to teammate Dylan Davis' 64.

Conforto also walked a school-record 55 times in 2014, which leads the Pac-12 and is tied for second nationally.

Conforto leads the Pac-12 in slugging percentage (.547), on-base average (.504) and runs scored (52), is fifth in average (.345) and hits (70) and tied for third in both doubles (16) and total bases (111).

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