Michael Conforto was selected tenth for the Mets in the 2014 First-Year Player Draft, and since then, he has proved nothing less than dominance on the field. The twenty-two year old Washington native was drafted for his power bat and talent as an outfielder. As the youngest first-year draft pick for the Mets in the past three years, the franchise hopes he will be able to move up quickly through the program and enter the Major League quickly in his career. Conforto’s recent stats prove this promotion may be coming sooner rather than later.
From his first game with the Mets, Conforto was able to demonstrate an easy transition from college baseball, when he played for Oregon State, to the professional level. In his first game with the franchise he went 3-for-4 and drove in all three of the Mets’ runs for the game. While several other of the Mets’ first-year picks took more time to adjust to playing in the Major Leagues, Conforto stood out to manager Terry Collins for his dynamic swing and fluid transition into the franchise.
Conforto has not stopped this consistency and high level of play as he starts the 2015 season with the Single- A St. Lucie Mets in Florida. On his most recent game on April 19 against Fort Meyers, he hit one of the two home runs that gave the Mets the 6-4 win for the night. Earlier in the fourth inning of that game, he hit another homer to give the Mets a 2-1 lead. This was Conforto’s third home run of the season, marking a very impressive start for the outfielder even in the very beginning of the 2015 season.
Through all of this success on the field, it may be a smart idea for the Mets to promote Conforto up from the Single- A league in the near future. He has already proved that he can transition into higher-level teams with much easiness, so the franchise does not have to worry if he will lose his strong consistency by advancing him within the program. Additionally, Conforto is the first outfielder to be drafted in the first-year draft picks in over a decade for the Mets, proving their need for a strong outfielder that they can rely on. After some more experience in the Minor Leagues, Conforto will definitely be ready to fulfill that outfielder position for the Mets roster.