Michael Conforto, the Mets first round pick of the 2014 MLB draft, has been turning heads at spring training. This past weekend in a split squad game against the Atlanta Braves, Conforto went 3-4 with three RBI. After lining a single to centerfield in his initial plate appearance, he dug himself into a 0-2 count in his second at bat. This is the true test for great hitters. Conforto brought the count to 3-2 and then drove a double to center, bringing in two runs.
The Mets have spent copious amounts of time building up its farm system to produce the likes of Conforto. Terry Collins finally has the talent needed to turn the Mets back into a winning organization.
“He has a short swing, a quick bat through the strike zone,” said New York Mets manager, Terry Collins. “It was the first time I have seen him. He has one of those really, really nice swings.”
At Oregon State University, Conforto hit .349/.437/.601. He set the record for knocking in the most runs in a season at Oregon State. This led to him being named the Freshman Hitter of the Year by the National Collegiate Baseball Writer’s Association (NCBWA).
Being one of those rarities that bat lefty and throw right-handed, Conforto is proving himself to be just what the Mets need.
In only 42 games with the Brooklyn Cyclones, he batted .331 and had an OBP of .403 with 54 hits. It appears that Conforto’s stint in the minor leagues may be short as evidenced by the Mets’ signing of veteran outfielder, Michael Cuddyer. The former Colorado Rockies outfielder only signed a two-year contract with the Mets, leaving the future of the Mets’ outfield in Conforto’s grasp.
It’s uncertain where Conforto will begin the 2015 season, but it looks like he may find a temporary home with the Savannah Sand Gnats or the St. Lucie Mets. However, if he continues to play like the top prospect he is, he may be offered a one-way ticket to the Big Apple.
As Keith Hernandez exclaimed, “I think I spy another hitter.”