Michael Conforto Flying Under Radar

Michael Conforto made his debut for the New York Mets on July 24th. On July 25th, he exploded onto the Big Apple scene with four hits, two doubles, an RBI and a walk.

The Mets trailed the Washington Nationals by three games when Conforto was called up. After an 8-5 victory over the Nats on Labor Day, the Mets now lead the National League East by five games. Since making his debut, New York has the second best record (27-13) over that span in the NL trailing only the Chicago Cubs (28-13).

All the success isn’t directly tied to the 10th overall pick in the 2014 draft but his presence has made a major impact for the Mets. He is slashing .298/.357/.567 through 104 professionals at-bats with six home runs and has only struck out 24 times against 13 walks. Conforto is a very patient hitter that looks to drive the ball to all fields.

How do his numbers stack up against the much talked about rookies Carlos Correa and Kris Bryant?

Bryant slashed .291/.426/.476 with four home runs and 39 strike outs through his first 103 professional ABs. Bryant also walked 24 times in that span of 29 games.

Correa slashed .298/.318/.558 in his first 104 at-bats while hitting six home runs, striking out 23 times with three walks.

Both Bryant and Correa are having great years and have improved both their teams since they’ve been up.

2015 has been the year of the rookie in Major League Baseball. It looks as if Conforto, Bryant and Correa will all be in the playoffs this year, adding to the excitement surrounding all three players and their teams.

The 22-year-old from Oregon State University is the least talked about of the three but has been just as integral to the Mets playoff push as Bryant and Correa have been for their teams. Conforto and the Mets are on the verge of the playoffs for the first time since 2006. So far, so good.

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