The recognition of Player of the Week is a title that Michael Conforto has become very familiar with this season. The Binghamton Mets outfielder was recently named the Eastern League Player of the Week after his stellar performance in the team’s four-game series against the Trenton Thunder. Earlier this season he was granted the title of Florida State League Player of the Week twice when he was playing for the St. Lucie Mets.
Conforto, the No. 10 draft pick for the Mets in 2014 was an obvious choice for Player of the Week following his performances behind the plate against the Thunder. He went 7-for16 in the series with a double, a triple, and two home runs. The 22-year-old’s first home run came on Thursday with a two-run homer, marking his first game back since playing in the All-Stars Futures Game in Cincinnati. The second home run for Conforto came on Saturday, increasing to five homers this season, and 24 RBIs as well. His success behind the plate also helped to bring home a series victory for the Binghamton Mets.
As Conforto performs better and better in the Double-A league, it is causing more Mets fans to speculate whether he will be called up to the Majors any time soon. With Michael Cuddyer heading to the DL for a knee injury, there is even more discussion about it now.
While Conforto has been very successful this season with the Binghamton Mets, it may be too large a jump to go from Double-A to the Majors. Many believe that the hardest leap to take in baseball is from Triple A to the Major League, so coming from Conforto’s position, who just got started in Binghamton, will be too big a jump. Mets fans are all too aware of the offensive slump that the team has been in the past few weeks, so they need to bring in a prospect that will be able to make a statement right away, not take several games to get used to the Majors. This is not to say that Conforto would not be successful if he was called up to replace Cuddyer, but it would take a long time for him to transition and grow comfortable in playing in the Major League. For the Mets’ position right now, though, it should look in a different direction for a prospect that would be able to bring results offensively for the team right away.