Mets Prospect Michael Conforto Continues to Rake in the Minors, Earning FSL Honors
Michael Conforto, MLB.com’s No. 3 position prospect with the New York Mets, has opened the season with St. Lucie of the Florida State League (a pitchers’ friendly association), batting .366 with four HR and 13 RBI through 11 games. Conforto’s stellar offensive numbers has earned him the FSL Player of the Week award.
According to ESPN beat reporter Adam Rubin, Mets officials discussed having Conforto commence the season at Double-A Binghamton, instead of Single-A St. Lucie, much to the chagrin of opposing hurlers of that league.
New York drafted the then-21-year-old last year in the first round (No. 10) of the 2014 amateur draft out of Oregon State University. Conforto has done nothing but rake since becoming a professional, crushing .331 with three round trippers and 19 RBI, with an impressive .403 OBP with the short-season A Brooklyn Cyclones last season.
He appeared in five Grapefruit League games before being demoted this spring, during which hit .364, with four hits and three RBI in 11 at bats.
Scouts and writers alike have been raving about Conforto’s hitting ability. One scout who witness him at the plate even told Ruben, “Get him out of this league. The kid has been incredible.”
According to MLB.com’s prospect insider Jonathan Mayo, Conforto, 22, has the potential to regularly hit 25 dingers in the big leagues.
I, for one, can’t wait to see Michael Conforto at Citi Filed. His sweet swing will be a welcomed addition to the lineup. While his defense has been an issue in the past, according to some scouts, I was impressed when I saw him play at Brooklyn. In addition, he displayed a decent arm in left field.
So, with the way the Mets have been going down to injury as of late, Conforto could get the call to call to the big club sooner than we think, if ready, and there’s a need, of course.
For now, if he continues to progress at Single-A, he should get promoted to AA in no time. From there, it’s anyone’s guess.